Stay Well This Winter
Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for older people, and those with long-term conditions. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family well this winter.
How to keep your home warm
Follow these tips to keep you and your family warm and well at home:
- heat your home to at least 18C (65F)
- draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
- get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional
Protect your health in the cold
If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.
Follow these tips on keeping well in the cold:
- find out if you can get the flu jab for free on the NHS
- wear several layers of clothes rather than one chunky layer
- use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed - but don't use both at the same time
- have at least one hot meal a day - eating regularly helps keep you warm; and make sure you have hot drinks regularly
- try not to sit still for more than an hour or so indoors - get up and stretch your legs
- stay active - even moderate exercise can help keep you warm
- wrap a scarf loosely around your mouth when outdoors - add a hat and wear shoes with a good grip, too
Look in on vulnerable neighbours and relatives
Check up on older neighbours and relatives, and those with heart or respiratory (breathing) problems, to make sure they:
- are safe and well
- are warm enough, especially at night
- have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather
Visit nhs.uk/staywell for more information.
The Met Office provides weather forecasts on radio and TV, so listen in to these bulletins regularly to keep up-to-date with the weather.
The Met office also has advice on getting ready for winter.
This includes suggestions for practical things you can do to prepare for winter weather, including cold, ice and snow, high winds and flooding.
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