Although winter weather and snow can be fun for some, it can also be associated with an increase in illness and injuries. Cold weather increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses and flu, with accompanying snow and ice bringing the risk of serious injuries from slips and falls.
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 about the risks, along with advice and guidance for protecting yourself and others, see the national Stay Well this Winter advice.
See our Get Prepared information about preparing for emergencies at home, in your community and at work.