Winter weather health advice from NHS Sefton

The NHS and other public bodies are gearing up for freezing temperatures to persist into the weekend. The Met Office has forecast that an area of snow looks increasingly likely to spread from the southwest, with winds and blizzard conditions likely.

NHS Sefton is reminding people of the steps they should take to make sure they stay safe and well.

To keep warm and well during periods of cold weather:

•Keep curtains drawn and doors closed to block out draughts.

•Have regular hot drinks and 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 as possible  •Wrap up warm if you need to go outside on cold days  

Keep your main living room at around 18- 21°C (64-70°F), and the rest of the house at least 16°C (61°F). If you cannot heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.

Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be more vulnerable to cold weather. Cold weather is especially dangerous for older people or people with serious illnesses, so check up on them if you can.

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