Residents across the Fylde coast are being urged to check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be affected by the weather over Christmas.
Today is the shortest day in terms of daylight hours and although the temperatures are currently higher than average, strong winds and heavy rains are expected and there is always the possibility of icy spells over Christmas.
This, combined with fewer daylight hours, can cause problems for elderly or disabled people who will struggle to keep warm and go about their day-to-day business, according to bosses at Lancashire County Council.
Across Lancashire, more than 500 people died because of winter-related illnesses last year.
There were also more than 45,500 emergency hospital admissions as a result of winter illness.
Coun Lorraine Beavers, the county council’s lead member for health, said: “The weather has been milder than expected so far this year, but people should still look out for neighbours, friends and relatives who are disabled or elderly.
“It only takes a few minutes to call around to make sure someone is OK.“