Protecting the vulnerable during the cold
The UK Health and Security Agency has now alerted people in central and southern England to look out for vulnerable neighbours during the chill.
Agostinho Sousa, consultant in public health medicine at the organisation, said the cold can have a deadly toll.
“Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections,” she said.
“Remind vulnerable relatives and neighbours to heat their home to at least 18C – particularly if they have reduced mobility, are 65 or older, or have a health condition.
“Should they need to go outside, it’s important for them to wear shoes with a good grip.”