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Staying safe in extreme cold conditions

With our winters starting earlier and getting harsher, we need to be prepared for these conditions. There are a few simple things we can do to keep ourselves and those who are vulnerable safe during the cold weather. These include;

Getting your COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine

The best way to protect yourself from respiratory viruses this winter is to ensure you have had your COVID-19 and flu vaccination. 

Staying one step ahead of the weather 

Watch out for weather forecasts paying particular attention to extreme weather warnings on the television, radio or newspapers or visit the Met Office website.

Stocking up on food 

Stock up with tinned and frozen foods so that you don't have to go out too much when its cold or icy. Remember that tinned and frozen fruit and vegetables count towards your five a day.

Eating well

Make sure you have plenty of hot food and drinks to keep your energy levels up and your body warm during winter.

Stocking up on your winter medicine cabinet

Stock up on over the counter remedies, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and bin used tissues as soon as possible. Wash your hands regularly.

Keeping active 

Try to move around at least once an hour if possible. 

Dressing for the weather 

Clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and help to maintain body heat. Footwear should have soles with a good grip for coping with wet and slippery surfaces, and always wear a warm coat, hat and scarf when you go outside.

Heating your house at the right temperature 

Your main living room should be around 18 - 21°C (64-70°F) and the rest of the house at least 16°C (61°F).  Above this and you may be wasting money, below this and you may be risking your health. If you can't heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room throughout the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed.  You should draw your curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts. 

Checking on your vulnerable neighbours and relatives

You should check on older neighbours and relatives, and those with heart or breathing (respiratory) problems, to make sure they are safe and well. See the Age Cymru website for more information about keeping each other safe during the winter.