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Health warning for residents before cold snap
5:00pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 in News
AS forecasters predict temperatures will plummet this weekend, health chiefs are reminding residents to keep ‘warm and well’.
Advice includes keeping curtains drawn to block out draughts, regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal and keeping as active as possible.
Dr Rita Robertson, director of public health for Warrington, said: “The freezing weather which we are seeing continues to present a health risk, particularly to older people and those with underlying medical conditions.
“It is very important for people to look after themselves and others around them, and to take sensible steps to reduce the risk of injury or illness.”
Keeping the main living room at around 18- 21°C (64-70°F) has also been suggested and the rest of the house at least 16°C (61°F).
A spokesman added: “Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be more vulnerable to cold weather.
“People with heart or breathing problems may have worse symptoms during a cold spell and for several days after temperatures return to normal.”