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Take care of yourself and others during the cold spell

Following the issue of a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert last week, Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to take care of themselves and others both at home and when out and about.

Weather Alerts are issued when severe weather is occurring, when average temperatures have dropped to 2°C or below, and/or widespread ice and heavy snow is present.

The cold weather looks like lasting into the early part of this week with a trend towards less cold conditions during the second half of the week.

The Council provides a number of service updates during cold or inclement weather, such as our ‘Gritter Tweets’ Twitter account, which provides daily updates on road conditions, as well as regular updates on public transport and bin collections posted on our website; http://apps.bedford.gov.uk/winterupdates/

The Cold Weather Plan for England sets out a series of actions that health and social care organisations, voluntary and community groups, and individuals can take to help reduce the risk of cold-related illnesses and deaths.

 

Here are some top tips to prepare for colder weather:

·        look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food, drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately

·        try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over

·        stay tuned for weather forecasts and 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

·        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, if you are unable to do so yourself

 

Councillor Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health at Bedford Borough Council said: “Public Health England have advised that many parts of England, including Bedford Borough, are going to see temperatures drop over the next few days. This follows what has been a very mild winter so far, so it’s really important that people are aware and can take extra care during this period.

 

The website www.nhs.uk/staywell has lots of useful advice for taking care of yourself and your loved ones. Much of it may seem like common sense, but it’s worth a look to make sure you can prevent accidents from happening.”

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