As the weather is set to deteriorate – please check on vulnerable neighbours

As temperatures struggle to get above freezing and snow is forecast over the next few days and into the weekend, Councillor Patricia Stallard, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health, is urging Hampshire residents to keep an eye on vulnerable family and neighbours

Feb 27 2018

Councillor Stallard, said: “Taking extra care during cold weather is important for everyone, but particularly important for people who are more vulnerable to suffering ill health due to the cold. This includes the very elderly, as well as the very young.”

“I would encourage people to check on the frail and elderly over the next few days, particularly in rural areas, to ensure they are able to stay warm, have warm food and drinks, can access medication if they need it and have a 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 Adults’ Health and Care team on 0300 555 1386, during the week in working hours, (8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday) or call 0300 555 1373 out of hours and on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Top tips on staying healthy and safe during cold weather include:

• 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
• Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer; this will trap the heat better to keep you warm.
• 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

All Hampshire residents should check conditions on the roads before they travel, particularly as the weather deteriorates towards the end of the week.

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “Since Saturday, our highways teams have been out continuously salting the roads in preparation for the cold weather. The ‘priority 1’ routes, which carry the majority of Hampshire’s traffic including routes to hospitals, large schools, colleges and public transport areas have been treated four times, and the ‘priority 2’ and ‘community’ routes which cover access roads to villages and smaller schools have been treated twice. In total, that means our gritters have spread around 2,000 tonnes of salt covering over 8,600 miles in four days!

“Stocks are continually replenished with expected deliveries coming in this week, so we’re well prepared to keep Hampshire moving, whatever the weather. However, I would ask people to always drive according to the conditions and to check their onward travel arrangements and weather information in case rail services or flights are affected before they set out.”

More information on Hampshire roads during severe weather is available on Hantsweb.

ROSPA has some good advice on safe winter driving.