Hertfordshire County Council are urging people to think now about how the colder weather could impact on their health.
Although most people are well-prepared for the lower temperatures, the council say the impact of falling temperatures is felt most by older people, the very young and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
Teresa Heritage, cabinet member for public health and localism said: “Very cold weather has a big effect on all our lives, but even more so for our more vulnerable residents.
“Although much of the advice on how to keep warm and well is common sense, it’s important to recognise that some people will find these things difficult to do without help.
“So, whether it’s an elderly neighbour, relative or someone you know who is not in best of health, take time to think about how you might be able to help them to stay healthy this winter.”
Top tips for staying healthy this winter:
Have the flu vaccine
Heat your home to at least 18C to minimise the risk to health
If you can, get up and move around
Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer
If you need to go outside wear shoes with good grips
Eat hot food and drink warm drinks
Stock up on store cupboard basics such as soup, tinned fish and long life milk and medicines like paracetamol and ibuprofen
Undertake energy efficiency improvements to your home
Insulate water pipes and protect them from the cold
Get your boiler serviced by a registered engineer
Keep a list of emergency contacts by your phone and add local organisations and charities who support older people
Look out for older friends and neighbours, those with existing health conditions and young children