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Look in on vulnerable neighbours and relatives


Cold weather can affect your health. Find out how to keep yourself well and your home warm during winter.

Why is cold weather a problem?
Who is most at risk?
Be prepared
How to keep your home warm
Protect your health in the cold
Look in on vulnerable neighbours and relatives
Why is cold weather a problem?
When the temperature drops to below 8C, some people are at increased risk of:
heart attack
falls and injuries
Cold weather can also affect people with mental health conditions, such as depression and dementia.
Who is most at risk?
Very cold weather can affect anyone, but you are most vulnerable if:
you’re 65 or older
you’re on a low income (so can’t afford heating)
you have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease
you’re disabled
you’re pregnant
you have young children (newborn to school age)
you have a mental health condition
Be prepared
The Met Office provides weather forecasts on radio and TV, so listen in to these bulletins regularly to keep up to date with the weather.
Severe weather warnings are also issued on the Met Office website, through the Met Office Twitter feed, or you can call the Weather Desk on 0370 900 0100 or 01392 885 680.
The Met office also has advice on getting ready for winter. This includes suggestions for practical things you can do to prepare for winter weather, including cold, ice and snow, high winds and flooding.

If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.


Look in on vulnerable neighbours and relatives

Check up on older neighbours and relatives, and those with heart or respiratory (breathing) problems, to make sure:

  • they’re safe and well
  • are warm enough, especially at night
  • have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather

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