Colder weather on the way

You may have read that we are due to face some colder weather this weekend, with temperatures expected to drop into the minus figures and maybe some snow flurries on higher ground.

We can’t complain too much, as it’s been fairly mild up to now, but if it does turn colder it usually increases the health risks to vulnerable people. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye out for your older neighbours, friends and relatives. Make sure they are safe, warm and have enough healthy food in.

And, don’t put off getting the flu vaccination, there’s still time and it’s important you have it. If you have not yet had your flu jab, you still have your chance. The sooner you have it, the better chance you have of avoiding it. Be sure to encourage those who are more susceptible to flu to get their jab.

And while it is very important to look after those who struggle during these winter months, it’s also important to look after yourself. Here are some useful tips from the NHS to keep warm and healthy during the cold weather:

• Keep warm and healthy by keeping rooms heated to at least 18C.

• Have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day. Try and keep active to help you stay warm.

• Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer. When you need to go outside: wear shoes with soles that have good grip and are slip resistant.

• Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with supplies.

• If you are eligible make sure you are registered for priority services with your energy and water suppliers.

• Get financial support to improve your home insulation, improve your heating or get help with bills.

For those concerned about travel, our gritting crews remain on stand-by and will be out when needed. You can find out more about our winter operations.

You can also find out when gritters are out by following us on Twitter at @StaffordshireCC.

And finally, spare a thought for the animals who are still outside.

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