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Cold weather health warnings issued by PHE

Cold weather puts young children, people over 65 and those with heart and lung conditions at risk from low temperatures.

To prepare for cold weather:

  • look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold, and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately

  • try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have a long-term illness or are 65 or over

  • stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries, or ask a friend to help

  • take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days

  • if eligible, seek entitlements and benefits - power and utility companies have schemes which make at-risk groups a priority for reconnection following power cuts

  • avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls

  • discuss with your friends and neighbours the need to clear snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby

Stay Well This Winter contains useful advice on staying warm this winter.