Last updated 16 January 2019
Get ready for cold weather
With a sustained period of cold weather predicted to kick in later this week, Stockport Council is reminding residents of advice to keep themselves well and warm this winter.
Each year, thousands of people die in England as a result of cold weather. Keeping warm and safe over cold periods can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia.
There are simple things you can do for yourself and others, as well as ways the Council and its partners can help you to stay well this winter.
Look out for others
Check on older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses to make sure they are safe, warm and well.
Keep warm and healthy
Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
- heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F).
- war several layers of light clothes.
- keep your bedroom window closed and curtains drawn on winter nights.
- keep active when you are indoors and try not to sit still for more than an hour or so
- eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.
If you need medical advice quickly and it is not an emergency call 111.
Remember your local pharmacist can also offer advice for minor ailments such as colds and coughs and help prevent such conditions becoming more serious.
Save the date for Age UK Stockport’s Free Winter Warmth and Wellbeing event
Tuesday, 29th January 2019 11:00am – 2:00pm The Hat Works, Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK3 0EU
Come along to get face to face advice as to what support is available and enjoy a free hot snack lunch.
Find out about financial support and ways to cut your bills
The Local Energy Advice Programme is a free energy and money saving advice service. LEAP can help you to save money and to keep your home warm and cosy. If you’re eligible,you will get a FREE home visit from a friendly, qualified Home Energy Advisor.
See www.applyforleap.org.uk or call 0800 060 7567 for more details.
Warm Homes Fund
Available for those households who have no gas central heating. To check if you qualify, contact LEAP on 0800 060 7567.
The Big Clean Switch
Find out of you could save money on your bills by switching gas and electricity suppliers by visiting the Big Clean Switch website
Further help and advice on heating your home efficiently and effectively, can be found on our Winter Web pages
Keep up to date and know your emergency numbers
Tune in to the Met Office’s weather forecasts on radio and TV. Severe weather warnings are also issued on the Met Office website, and through their Twitter feed.
For a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999 or in a power cut dial 105.
Prepare your home and car
- keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is.
- Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service also offer Free Safe and Well Visits to residents which can be booked by calling 0800 555 815
- if you travel by car check your tyres and make sure you have a winter kit for your car.
- if there is severe weather think about whether your journey is really necessary or consider alternative travel plans. Follow @officialTFGM for Travel updates
Get the flu vaccination
Flu is now spreading in Stockport but It’s not too late to get the flu vaccinationas the flu season runs well in to the spring/ Make sure you and any family members eligible for a free flu vaccination get one as soon as possible. Flu can affect anyone so even if you aren’t entitled to a free one it may be worth paying for one to reduce your risk of getting the flu.
Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said:
“The Council wants to make sure that Stockport residents are warm and healthy during this winter and are aware of the advice and support that is available to them.”
Denise Almond from Age UK Stockport said:
“Come along to our Winter Warmth and Wellbeing Event and meet people from lots of local organisations who can give you advice and information about staying warm and well this winter. You can also enjoy a free lunch, winter warmth pack and good company! We look forward to seeing you there!”
- for further winter-related advice from the NHS see www.nhs.uk/staywell
- further local information including information about gritting and road closures is available here www.stockport.gov.uk/winter
- for more information about the Winter Warmth and Wellbeing event call 0161 480 1211 or email Age UK Stockport