Top tips to keep warm this winter
Sitting or sleeping in a cold room can increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke, breathing problems and bad chests. As temperatures fall, follow our top tips to reduce your risk and stay warm this winter. Although some of them may seem fairly obvious, they can be shared with older, more vulnerable family and friends to help them too.
What can you do to keep warm?
- Have plenty of hot drinks such as coffee, tea and hot water. You could keep a flask with a hot drink in it by your bed in case you feel cold at night.
- Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer. Clothes made of wool, cotton or fleecy synthetic fibres are the warmest
- Keep moving to boost your circulation- you could avoid sitting for long periods of time by spacing out chores through the day, to alternate between rest and activity.
- Close your curtains to keep heat in and look for gaps in doors and windows to block draughts and move furniture away from the radiators
- If you’re not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C (65F). If you’re worried about the cost of heating your home, you may be able to claim financial and practical health help, Grants available include the Winter Fuel Payment and the Cold Weather Payment. The Energy Saving Trust have advice on how to reduce your heating bills and make your home more energy efficient. You can find out more on their website or by calling 0300 123 1234 (9am-8pm Monday- Friday)
Help vulnerable neighbours and relatives
Check on your neighbours and relatives to make sure that they are safe and well, are warm enough (especially at night) and have stocks of food and medicine so that they don’t have to go out in harsh winter conditions.
Visit the Kirklees website to find out more about keeping your house warm and reducing energy bills.