- Avoid going out in bad weather. If you must go out, wrap up well in plenty of layers, and wear a hat, scarf, gloves and shoes with a good grip.
- Try to be active during the day. Get out to a local leisure centre or shopping centre if you are able. If you aren’t able to do this, get up and move, as light exercise will help to keep you warm.
- Get heating, radiators and boilers serviced to reduce the risk of breakdown in cold weather. If you need help with this contact one of our approved traders.
- Use a room thermometer. Your main living room should be between around 18-21C (64-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F). In some circumstances we can provide temperature sensors.
- Have at least one warm meal each day and drink warm drinks. If you have difficulty with cooking our meals service may be able to help you.
- Have chimneys swept, in preparation for winter.
- Set heating to come on before you get up and switch off when you go to bed.
- Stay warm in bed with socks, thermal underwear and a hat.
- Look after elderly friends and neighbours. Make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather.
Visit the Direct Gov and Age UK websites for more tips on keeping warm and staying healthy in the cold.
Watch the NHS Choices video about keeping warm this winter.