Keep Warm and Stay Well
Winter is well and truly here; the days are short and the temperature has dropped. With the continued challenges of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that we do all we can to stay well this winter. Here are some tips that will help you look after your health this winter.
Keep your home warm, safe and efficient
- Heat your home to at least 18C. This is particularly important if you have reduced mobility, are 65 and over, or have a health condition.
- Wear appropriate clothing such as socks, long sleeved tops and jumpers.
- If you can’t heat all your rooms, heat your living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to sleep.
- If you have an electric blanket, use it as instructed and get it tested every three years. Never use a hot water bottle with an electric blanket.
- Cover any gaps around windows and doors to prevent draughts.
- Draw your curtains at dusk and tuck behind radiators to help keep heat inside.
- Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by furniture or curtains.
Look after yourself
- Keeping well will allow you to do more and feel better. Being cold isn’t just uncomfortable it can be bad for your health.
- Sitting or sleeping in a cold room is not good for you and increases the risk of heart attacks, stroke and breathing problems.
- Keep your bedroom windows closed during the night; breathing cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.
- Exercise is good for you all year round and can keep you warm in winter.
- Keep moving if you can, this will help keep you warm. Try not to sit for one than an hour – get up and walk around, make a hot drink and spread housework throughout the day.
- Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer; this will trap the heat better to keep you warm. Thin layers of clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good for maintaining body heat.
- Food is a vital source of energy and helps to keep your body warm so have plenty of hot food and drinks.
Look after others
- Check on frail or older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses, to make sure they are safe, warm and well.
- Support vulnerable individuals to access existing resources to keep warm
Get financial help
- There are grants, benefits and advice to help make your home more efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. It’s worthwhile claiming all the benefits you are entitled to to help you through winter.
- For advice on energy bills and energy efficiency, contact Simple Energy Advice: 0800 444 202, www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk
Don’t let the cold catch you out – check the weather forecast and be ready for cold weather.