Introduction

Although winter weather and snow can be fun for some, these weather conditions are also associated with an increase in illness and injuries. Cold weather increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses, flu and other diseases.

People slip and fall in the snow or ice, sometimes suffering serious injuries. Some groups, such as older people, very young children, and people with serious medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold weather.

For more information on the risks along with advice and guidance for protecting yourself and others, see www.nhs.uk/staywell

National guidance for professionals from Public Health England is implemented locally through the Cold Weather Plan for England: Somerset Delivery Framework.

Here are the action cards for professionals when cold weather alerts are issued.