How to keep warm, safe and healthy this winter
With winter nearly upon us, there is a high possibility of severe cold weather and icy conditions in the upcoming months. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable people.
The cold snap can be dangerous for a number of people, including older people, babies and young children.
Follow the tips below to ensure you stay safe during the cold weather:
· Consume plenty of hot food and drinks.
· Wear lots of thin layers (clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres).
· Homes should be heated to the right temperature: at least 18°C (65˚F)
· If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed.
· If you have a gas/solid fuel appliance/boiler, consider getting an audible carbon monoxide alarm and test it weekly - it could save your life.
· Keep heaters and fires away from clothes, blankets and other combustible materials.
· Electric blankets – check the wires are not frayed and they are safe to use. Don’t leave them on unattended.
It’s important you also check on people who are less able than yourself who may be struggling to do basic things during the cold spell.
Ways you can help them are:
· Encourage them to keep active
· If they take medication, ensure they have more than enough, in case snow is forecasted
· Check if they’ve had their flu jab
· Check in on them from time to time
· Ask if they need any shopping
· Make sure they’re signed up to receive a check-up call from us during severe weather. If not, they can sign up by calling 0300 123 5522.
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