Public Health England have urged people to keep an eye on vulnerable residents after issuing a level three cold weather alert across Cambridgeshire.
With parts of Cambridgeshire likely to experience severe cold weather and icy conditions over the next few days, a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert has been triggered in the county until Saturday. The Met Office has forecast temperatures just below freezing today (Thursday) and tomorrow and a Yellow warning of snow and ice has been issued. Severe cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease.
A level three alert is the second highest warning that can be issues.
Val Thomas, Consultant in Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Although winter weather and snow can be fun for some, these weather conditions are also associated with an increase in illness and injuries. Cold weather increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses, flu and other diseases and people slip and fall in the snow or ice, sometimes suffering serious injuries. Some groups, such as older people, very young children, and people with serious medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold weather.
“Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer when out and about, and when you need to go outside wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles. If indoors, keep your heating to the right temperature as heating your home to at least 18°C in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing.
“We also are asking everyone to remember the needs of friends, relatives and neighbours who could be at risk during this period of severe cold weather. Make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications. If you, or they, are eligible for a flu vaccination make sure you get it as soon as you can.”