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Keep warm and stay well: top tips

With the recent cold snap unlikely to be the last this winter, people are being urged to take steps to keep themselves warm and well over the next few months.

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Health officials have issued their top tips for protecting those who are most vulnerable, including young children, the elderly, expectant mothers and those with a respiratory or heart-related condition.

They include getting a flu jab, heating the home well and preventing slips and trips.

Fenland District Council has teamed up with other local organisations to spread the "keep warm, stay well" message.

They have produced an advice pack that is available at all GP surgeries and the council's four one-stop shops and community hubs. It was also distributed at the recent Golden Age event in Wimblington.

Anyone who is worried can also call 0345 650 0280 for advice and support, including information on grants that are available to help keep homes warm.

Every year there are about 180 extra deaths in Cambridgeshire linked to the cold weather.

Councillor Mike Cornwell, FDC's Cabinet member responsible for health and wellbeing, said: "We're very likely to have more freezing weather over the next month or two, so it's important that people are prepared for it and think about how it may affect anyone who is vulnerable.

"We're encouraging people to pick up an advice pack for themselves or their families, friends or neighbours."

General advice on coping with cold weather, as well as other situations such as flooding, is also included in the council's "Preparing for Emergencies" booklet. It can be viewed online. Hard copies are available in the one-stop shops and community hubs and at Fenland Hall.

Article added February 3, 2016