Nottinghamshire residents at risk this winter are being offered advice and support from the County Council to keep warm as temperatures begin to fall.
Around 400 people die in Nottinghamshire every year due to winter weather and its impact on their health. Many of these deaths could be avoided by people being more aware of the dangers and taking simple steps to keep warm.
For every 1 degree Celsius decrease in average winter temperatures there are an addition 8,000 (1.4 percent) winter deaths in England.
Cold homes have a significant impact on people’s health and can lead to serious health problems such as heart attacks, pneumonia and depression.
Householders are advised to:
Keep an eye on the temperature of their home with a thermometer – the main living room should be between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius/64 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ensure all heating, radiators and boilers are serviced and in working order.
Have at least one warm meal each day and drink warm drinks.
Set heating timers to come on before you get up and switch off when you go to bed.
Avoid going out in bad weather and wrap up well if necessary.
Keep active by moving around at least once an hour.
People with older friends and neighbours should check they are safe and well through the winter and make sure they have stocks of food and medicines so they do not need to go out during very cold weather.
The Warm Front scheme is targeted at people on certain income-related benefits who live in properties that they own or are rented from a private landlord, are poorly insulated or do not have a working central heating system.
Grants worth up to £3,500 are available for:
insulation - loft, cavity wall or hot water tank
gas, electric or oil heating.
When there has been a period of very cold weather during the winter, people who receive one of the following benefits may be able to receive a Cold Weather Payment:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
For more information on heating and to check eligibility for financial support contact the County Council on 0300 500 80 80.