East Riding of Yorkshire Council is urging residents to check on elderly neighbours during the cold weather over the festive period.
The council’s public health team and adult services teams have issued their top tips for keeping safe and well during the winter months.
1 Keep warm. Ensure you have heating in the rooms you are using. Wear thin layers of clothing rather than one thick layer. Wear scarf, hat, gloves and boots if you have to go out.
2 Eat well. Warm food and drinks, including soups, will help you to stay warm. Ensure you have a good supply of food in case you are unable to get out. Stock up with frozen and tinned foods.
3 Medication. Order medication when you have a week’s supply left, in case you can’t get out to collect it.
4 Keep a torch with batteries (unless you have a wind up torch) in the house in case of power cuts.
5 Keep in touch with family and neighbours. If you have vulnerable neighbours keep in touch with them and make sure they are safe and warm and have enough food in the house.
6 Keep a supply of salt in case of ice.
John Skidmore, the council’s interim director of corporate strategy and commissioning, said: “The festive season can be a difficult time for elderly and vulnerable people and cold homes have a significant impact on people’s health. We can all play a part by keeping an eye on our elderly neighbours and friends to ensure that they stay healthy and safe.”