by timpickstone on December 11, 2012
There is a danger of very cold weather this week. Below is advice from the NHS about keeping warm and will in extremely cold weather. These are particularly important for people who because of their age or health are more vulnerable to cold.
Please do check up on friends, family and neighbours if you are worried during a period of very cold weather.
The Met Office have provided these pages ‘Get Ready for Winter‘ which contain advice and ideas for getting help and information.
NHS Advice: Follow these tips to keep you and your family warm and well in extremely cold weather.
To keep warm and well during spells of cold weather:
Draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
Have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter.
Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer).
Keep as active in your home as possible.
Wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside on cold days.
Keep your main living room at around 18-21Â°C (65-70Â°F), and the rest of the house at least 16Â°C (61Â°F). If you canâ€™t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.
The Met Office has get ready for winter advice and some suggestions for practical things that you can do to prepare for winter weather, including cold, ice & snow, high winds and flooding. The advice also tells you ways of saving money.
Travel in icy weather
Icy pavements and roads can be very slippery. Take extra care if you go out and wear boots or shoes with good grip on the soles. The Met Office advises putting grit or cat litter on paths and driveways to lessen the risk of slipping. It adds that you should wait until the roads have been gritted if you’re travelling by car. The Highways Agency offers useful advice for road users on travelling in snow and freezing conditions.
Bear in mind that black ice on pavements or roads might not be clearly visible, and that compacted snow may turn to ice and become slippery.