A plan with frost. The council is offering cold weather advice

Council offers cold weather advice

With the first real cold snap of the winter taking hold, the council is encouraging residents to take some steps to stay safe and warm, especially older people. 
Many older people may be particularly affected by colder conditions, with the chilly weather making it less appealing to get out and about, leading to them feeling isolated. 
Northumberland County Council’s Director of Public Health, Liz Morgan said: “Please help by checking regularly on friends, family and neighbours – even a phone call to make sure they’re ok and have a chat or check if they need any shopping or other errands. 
Keeping the house warm is very important for older people, who can be more susceptible to illness if they’re cold, and increased fuel costs can be a real worry.” 
For those who are concerned about heating costs at home, the council is also reminding people about the network of Warm Spaces in the county. 
Northumberland County Councillor Wendy Pattison, cabinet member for Adult Wellbeing, said: “Warm Spaces are places where people can come together in a warm, safe, welcoming place and maybe enjoy a hot drink, a sit down and have a chat with others. 
This includes, but is not limited to, community centres, church halls, libraries and community hubs. They are free to visit, and we promise a warm welcome when you arrive. 
Some places may offer a hot drink, activities and other things like free access computers and Wi-Fi.  You can come and spend time quietly or meet other people in your community for a chat.  Each warm space is different and may not be open every day.  
“But we're working together with all our community partners to try and offer as many warm spaces as we can.” 
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a cold weather alert which will run until 9am on 12 December, but could be extended further if forecasts predict continued colder temperatures. 
The alert is triggered when severe cold weather is likely to affect people's health significantly - particularly those with underlying health conditions. 
They advise that, as well as heating rooms that are used the most to at least 18C, "several layers of thinner clothing will keep you warmer than one thicker layer.
"Having plenty of hot food and drinks is also effective for keeping warm," the agency added. 
The county council has a range of advice and support available through its website – www.northumberland.gov.uk and people can also find their local Warm Space at nland.cc/warmspaces 
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