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Stay well and look after your neighbours during cold weather

People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to help keep well during cold weather, with freezing and snow set to continue over the next few days.

The county council is also urging people to check on older family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are safe and well, particularly if they have any health conditions.

They are also advising following simple steps like keeping homes at 18C, staying active, and making sure you have enough medication to last.

Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing Alan White said:

“With more freezing temperatures forecast over next few days we’re encouraging people to ensure they look after themselves and family, friends and neighbours. Simple steps like keeping your house warm and ensuring you or your family have any medication they need can help.

“People who have an older relative or neighbour may want to check on them during the cold period as they may not want to leave their homes. The weather is due to warm up next week, so preventing ill health which can be worsened by cold weather is the key.”

Spells of cold weather can put older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, at risk from a range of conditions because it forces their bodies to work much harder than usual.

People can found out more by visiting the NHS Stay Well This Winter www.nhs.uk/staywell