Last week the whole country experienced a rapid change in weather conditions and a drop in temperatures. It looks like this weather is set to be with us for a while so it is important to make sure we are all prepared.
Here are our top tips for keeping you warm and well during this cold snap:
- Keep warm – by setting your heating to the right temperature (18–21°C or 64–70°F), you can keep your home warm and your bills as low as possible.
- Protect yourself from flu – get your flu jab if you are aged 65 or over, pregnant, have certain medical conditions, live in a residential or nursing home, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person.
- Eat well - food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day.
- Look after yourself and others – check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they are safe, warm and well. Layer your clothing and wear well-gripping shoes if you need to go outside.
- Keep your home safe – have your heating and cooking appliances checked – carbon monoxide is a killer.
- Get financial support (if applicable)- there are grants, benefits and advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.
These tips should keep you, your family and your community warm, well and safe over the coming weeks.
Get more information about keeping warm and well.