Cold Weather Advice for Sefton Residents.....
Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health, said: “We are encouraging everyone to be prepared for the severe weather. Older people and those with long term illnesses are particularly at risk during the winter months so it is crucial that people stay warm and that we all find time to check in on those who may be vulnerable.
"As the cold weather sets in we need everyone in our communities to be on the look-out for signs that something might be wrong. Whether it is milk bottles left outside, newspapers stuck in the letterbox or curtains drawn all day, any sort of unusual activity could be a sign that something is wrong and that someone is in need of help."
The Cold Weather Plan for England, which can be viewed at www.gov.uk/phe sets out a series of actions that health and social care organisations, voluntary and community groups, and individuals can take to plan for cold temperatures and help reduce cold-related illnesses and deaths.
Top tips include:
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.
Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over.
Stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries or ask a friend to help.
Take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days.
If eligible, seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some. Sefton Council offers help to residents who can obtain free, impartial advice on home heating and insulation as well as tips on how to save money on fuel bills. This information is available by calling the Energy Saving Advice Line free on 0800 043 0151.
If you know a Sefton resident that is struggling to keep warm in their home, please contact the Affordable Warmth Team on 0151 934 2222.
If you meet the criteria register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers.
Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls
Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby.
For more information visit www.sefton.gov.uk/coldweather or call Sefton Council on 0845 140 0845
Story Source: Sefton Council