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Cold weather - call to Kent residents to take action

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Kent County Council, Feb 4, 2015. Replies: 0 | Views: 1416

  1. The ongoing period of cold weather could leave people vulnerable and Kent County Council is calling on residents to rally round and help friends, families and neighbours.

    With cold weather predicted to continue for the next few days, it is important that people are making sure they are following basic, common sense advice to help keep themselves warm and well.

    Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said:
    Nationally, there are approximately 24,000 excess winter deaths per year and in Kent the average annual number is 865 because of a drop in temperature. The ideal indoor temperature is 18-21°C (65-75°F). 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.

    Keep warm and well
    Other simple common sense measures for keeping warm and well in the home include:
    • Regular cups of tea, or other hot drinks, and regular hot meals can help your body stay warm.
    • Make sure warm clothes are within reach – keep jumpers and thick socks close by. Wear several thin layers, rather than one thick one.
    • Have your flu vaccine to protect yourself and others (this is free for anyone over 65, pregnant women, those with long term conditions, and children aged two to four – contact your GP to make an appointment.
    • Order repeat prescriptions in good time to make sure you have enough supply of any medicines you use.
    • Having a family member, friend or neighbour to help out with anything from putting the bin out to collecting prescriptions or doing shopping.
    • Have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly and make sure the chimney has been swept recently.
    Preparing for very cold weather means being ready to stay indoors, making there is enough food and medicine at home, ordering repeat prescriptions in plenty of time, particularly if bad weather is forecast. If you have to travel or go outdoors, tips to follow include:
    • Wear layers of warm clothing and 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
    More information is available on our health pages, our winter pages and on the NHS website.

    KCC News

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