Are you prepared for cold weather?

The weather may be mild at the moment, but as we know, it is always subject to change.

At home:   Regular hot meals and drinks can help keep your body warm.   Keep your home heated – set the heating to the right temperature (18-21C).   If trying to save fuel, it is advisable to heat the living room during the day, the bathroom when needed and the bedroom, just before going to bed.   Get the flu vaccine to protect yourself and others. This is free for anyone over 65, pregnant women, those with long term conditions, and children aged two to four. Details are available at GP surgeries or pharmacies and the vaccine is free for some people.   Order repeat prescriptions in good time to make sure you have enough supply of any medicines you use.   Have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly and make sure the chimney has been swept recently. If you need to go out during cold or severe weather:   Wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.   Make sure you are not caught out by snow and ice; stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with food supplies.   Get up-to-date traffic information at www.kenttraffic.info   In periods of severe weather such as snow and ice, do not travel unless necessary. More information is available about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather through www.kent.gov.uk/winterhealth  and www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Verycoldweather.aspx