Staffordshire County Council- Be safe during cold snap
With cold weather expected across the Moorlands, Staffordshire county council and public health England are on hand to share advice for resident.
David Williams, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “Our gritting fleet will be on standby as usual and will act as needed to keep Staffordshire’s road network open for those who do need to be out and about at the moment.
“But I would also urge people to stay warm and well and prepare for the possibility that we may have several days of very cold weather stretching into next week.
“Not only should we prepare for ourselves but please check, in a safe way, with elderly or vulnerable friends and neighbours to make sure they can cope and that they have food, heating and any necessary medicines.”
Incorporating wind chill, it’s anticipated that even daytime temperatures will be several degrees below freezing, perhaps -6oC, 21.2oF, or lower.
Public Health England (PHE) warns that cold weather can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections for those with heart and lung problems.
PHE advice for coping with a cold snap includes:
keep your home heated to at least 18oC, 64.4oF, or at least the lounge to that temperature by day and your bedroom by night;
keep bedroom windows closed at night as breathing cold air increases the chance of chest infection;
wear several layers of thin clothing, preferably made from cotton, wool, or fleecy fibres;
have enough food, drink and necessary medication at home to prevent going out;
tuck curtains behind radiators and don’t obstruct them with furniture;
don’t use a gas cooker or oven to provide heating: it’s inefficient and potentially dangerous.
If anybody needs support during this difficult time they can contact Churnet Sound and we will help put you in contact with organisations who can help.