Keep Warm this Winter
Tips for keeping warm this winter
- It is important to keep warm in winter, so heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer
- Wear several thin layers rather than one thick layer.
- Draw your curtains as soon as it gets dark to stop the heat escaping and the draughts coming in.
- Make sure you have regular hot meals that contain carbs, such as potatoes, pasta, bread and rice.
- If you’re sitting down, a shawl or blanket will provide extra warmth.
Protect your health
There are a number of things you can do to prepare against the cold weather:
- At the first sign of a cough or cold, get immediate advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious
- Speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock over winter
- Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays
- Make sure you get your flu jab
- If you need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed call NHS 111 or visit nhs.uk.
A list of items you should start stocking up on before the bad weather is here:
. Frozen meals
- toilet rolls
- milk (dried or long-life)
- pet food
- bread (can be frozen)
- torch/ batteries
- butter/ margarine
- bottled water
- tins of soup, veg and fruit
- light bulbs
Make sure essential medication and prescriptions are filled.
Check on your neighbours
By spending ten minutes visiting an elderly neighbour, you really could make a difference to their safety during the winter months.
Make sure they:
- are warm enough, especially at night
- have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t have to go out during very cold weather
- are safe and well.
Just a few simple checks could keep them safe from fire.
- Offer to check your neighbour’s smoke alarm is working. Press the button and make sure the alarm sounds, it could save their life.
- If your neighbour smokes remind them to never smoke in bed, never smoke when tired and always make sure cigarettes are fully extinguished in a suitable ash tray.
- Remind your neighbour never to leave cooking unattended and make sure the cooker is turned off when they leave the house or go to bed.
- If your neighbour has an open fire make sure they have a fire guard. If they use a portable heater remind them not to sit too close as fabric can catch fire. Also remind them not to leave it on overnight.
If you’re worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact your local council or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1602 (8am to 7pm every day).
If you’re concerned the person may have hypothermia, contact NHS 111.
Help with heating costs
You may be able to claim financial and practical help with heating your home. Grants available include the Winter Fuel Payment and the Cold Weather Payment.
For more information on how to reduce your bills and make your home more energy efficient, go to the government’s Simple Energy Advice website, or call the Simple Energy Advice helpline on 0800 444 202.
You can also find out about heating and housing benefits on GOV.UK.
It’s worth claiming all the benefits you’re entitled to as soon as winter begins.