EMAS advice for North Lincolnshire residents during the cold weather
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has issued advice on how to stay safe during the cold weather.
With increased pressure on ambulance crews during the winter months, EMAS is urging people to heed its advice.
Extreme temperatures cause people's blood vessels and airways to narrow.
This can contribute to a range of problems, from making people's long term conditions such as lung diseases worse and increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes in the vulnerable.
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Dr James Gray, EMAS' Medical Director, said: "The cold has an adverse affect on many long-term conditions and strenuous activities such as shovelling snow in freezing temperatures can increase the risk of heart attack for those who are already vulnerable.
"Keeping warm is key to keeping well.
"It's especially important that elderly people heat their home and have hot meals as they're more vulnerable to the effects of the cold.
"Slips and trips on ice and snow, as well as road traffic accidents due to driving without due care in freezing conditions, account for a large number of calls during winter.
"We'd advise everyone to be extra careful and not take risks.
"People can make a real difference to elderly neighbours by checking that they're well this winter and offering to help with shopping if it's hard for them to get outside."