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West Berkshire Council: Severe Cold Winter Weather - Level 3 - Alert and Readiness

By Compton Parish Council Compton Parish Council

Friday, 8 January 2021

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A level 3 cold weather alert has been issued from 0900 on Friday 08 Jan and 0900 on Monday 11 Jan. This means that temperatures are likely to drop to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable people, including those with long term conditions and those living in cold homes.

  • Heating homes to at least 18°C (65F) in winter poses minimal risk to the health of a sedentary person, wearing suitable clothing.
  • The 18°C (65F) threshold is particularly important for people 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; having temperatures slightly above this threshold may be beneficial for health
  • Maintaining the 18°C (65F) threshold overnight may be beneficial to protect the health of those 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; they should continue to use sufficient bedding, clothing and thermal blankets, or heating aids as appropriate

Age UK has produced the attached guidance which I would be grateful if you could share with your staff and clients and community members: Winter Wrapped Up – Age UK

“Make sure that you stay warm. If going outside, make sure you dress appropriately. If indoors, make sure that you keep your heating to the right temperature; heating your home to at least 18°C in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing. If there is anyone you know who might be at special risk, for example, an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications. If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111

More information is available on the winter health pages at NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk)”

We are still in seasonal Flu season so please help us to highlight the importance of flu vaccination to help people stay well during the winter period.

This leaflet outlines who should have the flu jab

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