Public health advice for cold weather

The severe cold poses a health risk to all of us even if you are fit and well.

You should consider the following:

  1. Check the weather forecast and plan what you are going to do accordingly
  2. Stay warm by keeping active
  3. If you are going out, check you have the right footwear to try and avoid slips and falls,
  4. If you are staying in try to keep indoor temperatures above 18ºC /65ºF (check if you are eligible for winter fuel payments or cold weather payments)
  5. Wear lots of thin layers, lots of thin layers are better than one thick one

Some groups are more vulnerable than others. Infants, who tend to lose more body heat, and people 65 and older, who tend to generate less body heat. It is important that these groups take extra care and the advice above will help.

Those with heart and lung conditions are also at greater risk and it is important to make sure you have the right medications to hand to see you through the cold snap. We see more cases of pneumonia, heart attacks and strokes during severe cold weather.

If you are experiencing symptoms seek the right help. If you think you have pneumonia (severe chesty cough) call 111 and they will advise you what to do. If you or someone else is experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke then it is important to act fast and call 999.

Remember to check in on a neighbour or friend to make sure they are OK and offer to clear their paths or see if there is something practical you can do for them.

Be safe, stay warm.