Stay healthy this winter
A cold home could affect your health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm.
Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
The chances of these problems are higher if you are vulnerable to cold-related illnesses because:
- you are over 65
- you are on a low income (so you are worried about high fuel bills)
- you have a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney disease
- you are disabled
- you’re pregnant
- you have young children (newborn to school age)
- you have a mental health condition
How can I keep warm during cold weather?
Make sure you
- find out if you can get the flu jab for free on the NHS
- make sure you are receiving any benefits you are entitled to such as the Warm Home Discount, the Cold Weather Payment and the Winter Fuel Payment
- draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts
- have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible to keep your energy levels up
- wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer)
- keep as active in your home as possible
- wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside on cold days
- keep your bedroom at 18°C (65°F) and main living room at 21°C (70°F).
- heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep if you struggle to heat all the rooms you use