During times of bad weather the roads and pavements can be very icy and slippery and A&E departments always see a rise in the number of admissions due to falls.
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull are urging residents to take extra care when out and about, wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip on the sole.
Dr Andrew Coward, Chair of Birmingham South Central CCG, said: “The weather is particularly bad at this time and residents need to bear in mind that black ice on pavements or roads might not be clearly visible but is very slippery.
“I would urge all residents to take extra care and if possible try to avoid going out if you don’t have to.
“If you are unfortunate and do fall over, contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for advice.
“Finally, I would also ask the wider community to keep an eye out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours during periods of extreme weather.”
In order to lessen the chance of a fall, residents are advised to put grit or cat litter on paths and driveways and to wait until the roads have been gritted if travelling by car.