Warning over cold weather health risks

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Health bosses on the Fylde coast have issued an injury risk warning as the cold weather continues to bite.

With more cold weather forecasted for the coming weeks, residents are reminded to take extra care.

Jennifer Aldridge, chief nurse at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “With the wintery weather comes the increased likelihood of an accident because of the conditions under foot either by slipping or falling.

“Older people, in particular, are more vulnerable to such accidents.

“Inadequate footwear certainly doesn’t help, nor does rushing around. By taking a few simple precautions you can easily lessen your chance of injury.”

Residents are encouraged to follow the tips below to ensure that they do not suffer a slip, trip or fall as the winter weather hits.

n Spread sand or salt on icy surfaces on walkways, work areas, and steps.

n Keep steps and equipment clean and dry.

n Wear shoes or boots with a flat, low heel, a slip-resistant sole to reduce slipping hazards and a good tread that helps to grip the surface.

n Walk slowly and carefully.

Mrs Aldridge added: “We want people to stay well this winter. However, sprains and strains, if mild to moderate can be treated safely at home. By doing so you can help to make sure that our accident and emergency service is left for those people who need it.”