Council urge residents to stay warm and look after themselves this Christmas

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Hertfordshire County Council are urging people to think now about how the colder weather could impact on their health.

Although most people are well-prepared for the lower temperatures, the council say the impact of falling temperatures is felt most by older people, the very young and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Teresa Heritage, cabinet member for public health and localism said: “Very cold weather has a big effect on all our lives, but even more so for our more vulnerable residents.

“Although much of the advice on how to keep warm and well is common sense, it’s important to recognise that some people will find these things difficult to do without help.

“So, whether it’s an elderly neighbour, relative or someone you know who is not in best of health, take time to think about how you might be able to help them to stay healthy this winter.”

Top tips for staying healthy this winter:

Have the flu vaccine

Heat your home to at least 18C to minimise the risk to health

If you can, get up and move around

Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer

If you need to go outside wear shoes with good grips

Eat hot food and drink warm drinks

Stock up on store cupboard basics such as soup, tinned fish and long life milk and medicines like paracetamol and ibuprofen

Undertake energy efficiency improvements to your home

Insulate water pipes and protect them from the cold

Get your boiler serviced by a registered engineer

Keep a list of emergency contacts by your phone and add local organisations and charities who support older people

Look out for older friends and neighbours, those with existing health conditions and young children