Winter is upon us and while for most people it’s just a matter of turning the up the heating, for some it can be a far more dangerous time of year.
Elderly and infirm people and young children are at risk when the temperature starts to drop. In 2015-2016 there were an estimated 24,300 extra deaths over the winter period in England and Wales.
More than one-third of deaths were caused by respiratory diseases.
That’s why each year St Helens Council and local partners undertake a Winter Warmer campaign, handing out free winter survival packs and informing residents on the best ways to stay warm and well, while saving money and becoming more energy efficient.
The packs contain a range of winter essentials, including scarves, gloves, torches, water bottles and 2018 calendars full of useful information.
The campaign began last week with a launch event at the town hall 10.30am and 1.30pm.
Several key organisations will be present, including St Helens Council’s Home Improvement Agency, Age UK Mid Mersey, St Helens Healthy Living Team, St Helens Senior Voice Forum, among others.
Being too cold can cause serious problems for your breathing if you have a bad chest.
Sitting for long periods in a cold home can put pressure on your heart and blood circulation too – leading to very serious problems such heart attacks and strokes.
The council is also urging residents to keep an eye on older friends, neighbours and relatives as winter starts to tighten its grip.
Winter Warmer packs will also be available in local libraries throughout November as follows:
• Thursday, November 16, 10.15am to 12.15pm – Rainford Library
• Friday, November 17, 10.15am to 12.15pm – Billinge Library
• Monday, November 20, 10.15am to 12.15pm – Newton-le-Willows Library
• Tuesday, November 21, 1.30pm to 3.30pm – Peter Street Library
• Thursday, November 23, 1.30pm to 3.30pm – Garswood Library
• Friday, November 24, 10.15am to 12.15pm – Eccleston Library
• Monday, November 27, 10.15am to 12.15pm – Haydock Library
• Wednesday, November 29, 10.15am to 12.15pm – Thatto Heath Library
• Thursday, November 30, 1.30pm to 3.30pm - Moss Bank Library
• Friday, December 1, 10.15am to 12.15pm – Rainhill Library
Call the St Helens Cold Weather Advice Line on 08000 355 878 for further help with keeping warm.