Doctors at NHS Cumbria are reminding people of the steps they should take to make sure they stay safe and well during the extreme cold weather forecast for this week.
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 18-21C (64-70F), and the rest of the house at least 16 C (61F). If you can’t 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.
People with heat or respiratory (breathing) problems may have worse symptoms during a cold spell and for several days after temperatures return to normal.
Professor John Ashton, NHS Cumbria’s Director of Public Health said: “The forecast is for the cold spell to last several days and this presents a health risk, particularly to older people and those living with underlying medical conditions.
“During extreme weather conditions it is even more important for people to look after themselves and others around them – and take sensible steps to reduce the risk of injury or illness.”