Severe cold weather warning issued for Kent
PUBLISHED: 17:04 29 November 2017
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Residents are urged to take caution in light of the Met Office's level two cold weather alert for the Kent region.
Kent County Council is sharing advice on how people can keep themselves warm and well, following the announcement of the alert, which triggers actions in the NHS, public health, social care and other community organisations to support those who are vulnerable due to health, housing or economic circumstances.
There is an 80 per cent probability of severe cold weather in south-east England between today and Saturday, December 2. The Met Office forecasts show overnight frosts, wintry showers, snowfall and ice, and significant wind-chill are likely.
Peter Oakford, Kent County Council’s cabinet member for public health, said: “It is vital that during this prolonged period of severe weather, people act to keep themselves and their home warm – even if this is just by heating the bedroom and living room.
“We’re also urging people to assist their local community – is there someone you can help by bringing in groceries? Every year, cold weather leads to extra deaths and taking measures to stay warm and work with others, can make a life-changing difference.”
The ideal indoor temperature is 18-21°C (65-75°F). Anyone trying to save fuel is advised to heat their living room during the day, the bathroom when needed, and the bedroom just before going to bed.
Simple tips for keeping well include regular consumption of hot drinks and meals, wearing several layers of clothing, booking in a flu vaccine, ordering any repeat prescriptions in good time, and calling on the help of family, friends and neighbours where required.
Further advice can be obtained through visiting kent.gov.uk/winterhealth and nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Verycoldweather.aspx.
People are urged not to go to A&E or call 999 unless it is an emergency. If you are in doubt, NHS 111 can assist.
To check symptoms or to look up service opening times, the free web app Health Help Now is available for download, on mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. Visit kent.healthhelpnow.nhs.uk.