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Level 3 Cold Weather Alert. Stay Warm, Stay Well and Consider Vulnerable Family, Friends and Neighbours In The Cold.

The Cold Weather Health Watch Service have issued a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert for the West Midlands Region which means that there is a 90% probability of severe cold weather / icy conditions / heavy snow between 09:00hrs on Monday 11th  December and 09:00hrs on Thursday 14th December 2017. This cold weather could increase health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of some services.

In the West Midlands we can expect a cold start to Monday with considerable snow accumulations still on the ground from Sunday’s snowfall. Monday’s daytime temperatures are not expected to reach any more than 1-2 degrees and overnight we can expect a severe widespread frost. From Wednesday onwards, temperatures will be starting to rise again and the remnants of the snow will likely melt.

As always, during this period of cold weather, make sure you stay warm and if you intend to go outside dress appropriately with the correct footwear. If you remain indoors, make sure that your heating  is set to the right temperature (heating you home to at least 18 degrees Celsius in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing).

Due to the increase in health risks during cold weather, 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 particularly worried about your own health, or that of someone you know please call NHS 111

Additional steps you can take to keep yourself and your friends, family and neighbours safe are:

In addition to the above, PHE England have a Cold Weather Plan which is available to view at the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cold-weather-plan-cwp-for-england

The plan advises what you should do to keep yourself safe during cold weather and icy and / or snowy conditions.

Furthermore, you might find more useful information contained within the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/653267/Keep_Warm_Keep_Well_2017.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/roads-council-will-grit

https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment

 

 

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