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Cold Weather Alert - READING UK

Dear partners and community and faith groups

A level 3 cold weather alert has been issued between 09:00 on Wednesday 08 March and 0900 on Monday 13 March in the South East. This means that temperatures are likely to drop to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable adults, particularly older people, those with long term conditions and those living in cold homes.

We would like your support in ensuring that your staff, volunteers and residents you are in contact with are able to access information and resources to help them protect themselves and support vulnerable family, friends and neighbours.

Public Health Team are working with our communications team to ensure messages go out to our residents.

  • Heating homes to at least 18°C (65F) in winter poses minimal risk to the health of a sedentary person, wearing suitable clothing.

  • The 18°C (65F) threshold is particularly important for people 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; having temperatures slightly above this threshold may be beneficial for health

  • Maintaining the 18°C (65F) threshold overnight may be beneficial to protect the health of those 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; they should continue to use sufficient bedding, clothing and thermal blankets, or heating aids as appropriate

  • There is an existing recommendation to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Advice is that rooms in which infants sleep should be heated to between 16 to 20°C (61 to 68F)

For Further Guidance and Support

Kind regards

Nina Crispin

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