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 if we have bad snow and ice.

Affordable warmth

We would like to remind everyone about our Affordable Warmth initiative –  bringing together a range of advice and support that can help you keep warm during the winter months.

An estimated 23,211 (13%) of local households in our area are affected by fuel poverty (2016 figures). Living in fuel poverty has an impact on both physical and emotional wellbeing and can lead to increased risk of health conditions, and stress which can, in turn, affect mental health.

Cllr Musarrat Khan, Cabinet member for Health & Social Care said:  

“It’s really important we support our residents, especially our most vulnerable, to effectively manage their health and energy bills at all times – but we know this is more difficult to do during the colder months.

The Affordable Warmth resources provide practical steps individuals and families can take to keep warm and well.”

Better Boilers

If you’re boiler needs replacing, make sure you get a quote from Better Homes Yorkshire. Better Homes Yorkshire has been created to help residents across specific parts of Yorkshire, including Kirklees, pay less for energy and live in healthier, warmer homes.
Call 0800 597 1500 or visit their website.

More tips and advice on keeping warm in Kirklees

Visit our Kirklees website to find out more about keeping your house warm and reducing energy bills.

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