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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Winter Wellbeing – cold weather alert

 

Cheshire East Council is encouraging residents to brace themselves for a spell of ‘severe’ cold weather after a Met Office alert was issued for the region today (Monday).

Conditions are expected to become more cold and wintry by Thursday and remain that way until Sunday.

Gritters are on standby, ready to deal with conditions where road temperatures dip below freezing, and the Council would again like people to check in on their friends and neighbours, especially if they are older or if they have heart or breathing problems.

It is worth considering whether someone’s home is warm enough. Living rooms should be heated to 21C and bedrooms to 18C.

Information about heating repairs can be found at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/homerepairs or by ringing 0300 123 5017. Also, ask whether your neighbour has enough food and medicines to prevent them having to go out in very cold or icy weather.

The Met Office’s cold weather alert reads: “There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions between 6pm on Monday and 7am on Sunday in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.”

It adds that the North West can expect ‘cold conditions with occasional wintry showers’. Low overnight minimum temperatures are expected from Thursday to Sunday.

The Council has also issued a video message to Cheshire East residents this winter, at this link: https://vimeo.com/113722819.

For advice on using the NHS wisely, visit www.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk or www.southcheshireccg.nhs.uk and search for Choose Well.

For further winter-related advice, please visit: www.facebook.com/cheshireeastcouncil

and www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/winter

Residents can help friends and neighbours, who do not have internet access, by downloading and printing off information from the website and giving it to them

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