Posted by Amanda Crawford at 22/02/2018 15:23:40
With cold and wintry weather predicted over the next few days, families across Kent are being urged to follow a few simple measures to keep their loved ones safe and healthy.
A level two cold weather alert has been announced for Kent by the Met Office which triggers actions in the NHS, public health, social care and other community organisations, to support vulnerable people who have health, housing or economic circumstances that increase their risk of harm.
The alerts warn that there is an 80 per cent probability of severe cold weather in the South East of England between Friday morning (23 February) and Monday 26 February. The forecast warns it will be getting progressively colder with widespread overnight frost, low day temperatures and an increasing wind chill from the east as winds strengthen. Frequent snow showers also become more likely from Sunday onwards.
Prolonged cold weather can be a risk for anyone although vulnerable people, including the elderly and children under five, are particularly at risk and common sense advice can help in severe weather, both at home or out and about.
Top tips to stay warm and well
- Order repeat prescriptions in good time to make sure you have enough supply of any medicines you use
- Keep your medicine cabinet stocked up especially with cold and flu remedies, and painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol
- Regular hot meals and drinks can help keep your body warm.
- Keep your home heated – set the heating to the right temperature (18-21C).
- If trying to save fuel, it is advisable to heat the living room during the day, the bathroom when needed and the bedroom, just before going to bed.
If you need to go out:
- Wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.
- Make sure you are not caught out by snow and ice; stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with food supplies.
- Get up-to-date traffic information at www.kenttraffic.info
- In periods of severe weather such as snow and ice, do not travel unless necessary.
More information is available about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather through www.kent.gov.uk/winterhealth and www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Verycoldweather.aspx
People are urged not to go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS111 can help you get the right treatment.
Our free web app Health Help Now can be used to check symptoms or to find out when and where local services are open. Download it from the App Store or Google Play. It can also be downloaded to mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers from http://kent.healthhelpnow.nhs.uk/