Snow advice for Hampshire residents

WITH a forecast of heavy rain turning to snow this afternoon, followed by a deep freeze overnight and into the weekend, Hampshire residents are being urged to take care of themselves and each other over the coming days.

Thursday 12 January 2017

Snow

Taking extra care during cold weather is important for everyone, but it is particularly crucial for people who are more vulnerable to suffering ill health due to the cold, such as babies and very young children (under 5 years), older people (75+ years) and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Residents, particularly in rural areas, are also being encouraged to look out for any vulnerable neighbours, ensuring they are able to stay warm, take in warm food and drinks and have clear access to and from their homes to help prevent them falling.

If anyone is worried about an elderly neighbour or relative they should call Hampshire County Council’s Adult’s Health and Care team on 0300 555 1386, during the week in working hours, or call 0300 555 1373 out of hours and on weekends and Bank Holidays.

The cold snap is also likely to put added pressure on NHS services. Play your part in helping us to manage the situation by ensuring that you choose the right service.

Top tips on staying warm and well during the cold snap:

  • Keep Warm - heat your home to at least 18 degrees C (65F), if you can. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day, and your bedroom just before you go to bed 
  • Eat well - food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm so try to have regular hot meals and hot drinks throughout the day 
  • Keep an eye on elderly or frail relatives, friends and neighbours

Further information on severe weather and emergency contacts

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