NHS urges people to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather
Residents in Sussex are being urged to keep warm and look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold weather after the Met Office issued an Amber Cold Weather Warning across the region for the coming week.
Low temperatures and potentially severe overnight frosts are forecast across Sussex this week. Cold weather can have serious consequences for health, and older people and those with heart or lung conditions can be particularly at risk.
Keeping warm can help prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
The NHS in Sussex is warning about the health risks of the cold weather by offering simple tips to stay well during low temperatures:
- Avoid exposure to cold or icy outdoor conditions at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls.
- Don’t delay treating minor ailments like colds or sore throats. People can visit their local pharmacist for advice and treatment.
- Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if not mobile, have a long-term illness or are 65 or over.
- Those aged 50 or over or are a carer are advised to take up the offer of a free flu jab.
- Wear shoes with good grip when outside to avoid slips and falls on slippery or icy surfaces.
- Keep bedroom windows closed at night if possible.
- 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.
- Ensure those who are vulnerable get any prescription medicines if bad weather is forecast.