Stay safe in the cold

You are much more likely to fall ill or become injured in the cold and icy weather. It is especially important to keep an eye on older friends and neighbours.

Follow these tips to stay safe and healthy through the cold weather. 

Keep warm

  • Make sure you keep warm
  • Keep curtains drawn and doors closed to block out draughts
  • Have regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day if possible
  • Wear several layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer)
  • Wrap up if you need to go outside on cold days
  • Keep active – stand up and move about at least once an hour
  • Keep your main living rooms at around 18- 21°C (64-70°F), and the rest of the house at least 16°C (61°F). 
  • If you can't heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to bed.

Stay safe in icy conditions

Do you really need to go outside? Remember the snow and ice can make roads very slippery, and it is best to avoid long car journeys.

  • Wear shoes with a good grip
  • Try to stay on well used pavements or roads that have been gritted
  • Use sand or cat litter on paths and driveways to lessen the risk of slipping
  • Walk slowly and concentrate on where you are going


If you need to travel by car

  • Bring a shovel and a blanket
  • Stay on roads that have been gritted
  • Bring a thermos flask with a hot drink
  • Make sure your mobile phone has been charged
  • Tell friends, family or neighbours where you are going

Look out for others

Please take the time to check up on friends or neighbours, especially older people or those with medical conditions.

  • If you are shopping offer to pick up groceries
  • If anyone you know takes medication regularly make sure they have enough to get them through the cold weather 

Remember that people with heart and respiratory problems may experience worse symptoms during the cold weather. 

If you become ill or injured

To help you choose the most appropriate care please see the Choose well section

Remember only call 999 or go to accident and emergency (A&E) in very serious or life threatening situations. 

For minor injuries, sprains or cuts please go to the Edridge Road Community Health Centre or the Minor Injuries Units at New Addington or Parkway Health Centre.

If you are in doubt please call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

Warm up Croydon

Please find two leaflets below about a new scheme to help the vulnerable of Croydon stay warm over winter.  The postcard leaflet gives you more details and the contact number.  If you require hard copies of the leaflet, please contact 'Croydon Neighbourhood Care' (CNCA).

The scheme runs to the end of March, the key thing being offered is 800 energy efficiency visits to people’s houses, these are booked via the number on the postcard leaflet, obviously the A5 folded leaflet will give advice beyond then.


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