Ambulance service: 'be neighbourly over winter months'

Bucks Free Press: Ambulance service: 'be neighbourly over winter months' Ambulance service: 'be neighbourly over winter months'

BEING neighbourly is the key to being safe over the winter months, says the ambulance service which covers Buckinghamshire.

South Central Ambulance Service is reminding people to look after both themselves and those around them as the threat of more cold weather looms on.

The service says even if you don’t currently know your elderly neighbours, it does no harm to simply ask if everything is alright and if they are planning ahead for the winter.

It reminds people to check on older neighbours and relatives to make sure they are safe and well, especially during cold spells. Make sure they are warm enough, and have stocks of food and medicines if applicable. It’s also worth checking batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors - these are lifesaving devices that should never be overlooked.

If you are worried about an elderly relative or neighbour contact your local council or speak to Age UK on 0800 009966.

Also, the service adds, being neighbourly should also include looking after yourself, especially with increased festivities and the opportunities for a drink or two.

A statement said: "Please remember to drink responsibly and stay safe at all times during the winter months. Under no circumstance should you ever drink and drive, the potential impact on you and innocent parties can change lives forever."

www.southcentralambulance.nhs.uk

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