Residents urged to be prepared for winter

Published on: Wednesday, 22-October-2014

As the dark nights draw in and temperatures start to fall, advice and support on keeping warm is being made available to Knowsley residents.

Information on how to keep yourself and your home warm, health advice and useful contacts are all detailed in a new handy guide – be prepared for winter – from Knowsley Council.

People are asked to check regularly on elderly neighbours and relatives, or anyone who might be at risk over the winter, and help them to get the advice and support they need.

Are you up to date with your vaccinations?  Over 65s and pregnant women are eligible for the free flu jab, plus over 65s who haven’t yet had their pneumonia jab is asked to contact their GP.  If you are 70, 78 or 79 or more, the shingles vaccination is available for you.

People are reminded their local pharmacy or chemist should be the first point of contact for advice for anyone who’s got a cough, cold or other common winter health problem.

Practical advice on how to heat your home efficiently and reduce energy bills is provided with simple tips such as setting heating thermostats to 21 degrees Celsius in the living room and 18 degrees in bedrooms, and using quilted curtains to cover draughty windows.

The council’s energy officer can provide tailored advice on the effective use of heating, boilers, repairs and in some cases financial assistance to help keep your home warmer.

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said “When the clocks turn back this weekend, it’s really going to start feeling like winter with long, dark nights and colder weather. It’s a time of year which can be difficult for everyone and particularly the elderly and those on low incomes. It’s really important people know there’s support and advice available to help keep them warm and well at this time of year.

“I would encourage anyone who can to take the time to check on elderly neighbours and relatives to make sure they are okay and if necessary assist them to get the help they need.”

For further advice and a copy of the council’s be prepared for winter leaflet visit www.knowsley.gov.uk