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Advice on staying warm

Cold kills.

One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm.

Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions.

The government's advice on getting ready for winter aims to reduce cold-related illness and deaths. Key tips include:

  • Keep your home warm. Your main living room should be between around 18-21C (65-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F). You can also use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you're in bed.
  • 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 and keep active in the home if you can.
  • Wrap up warm, inside and out. Layer your clothing to stay warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.
  • Check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they're safe and well. Make sure they're warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather.

Useful links

Met Office - preparing for winter

Keep Warm and Well Leaflet

Special Assistance for Older and Vulnerable Residents in Cold Crisis

Using money from Lancashire County Council's Public Health Affordable Warmth Fund, Care and Repair (Wyre and Fylde) is working to help keep some of our most vulnerable residents safe and warm this winter.

If you, or someone you know, is in crisis this winter and are unable to heat your home adequately contact Care and Repair (Wyre and Fylde) on 01253 887569 to see if they can help.

If you are an agency or practitioner working with a client who’s health is being affected by a cold home refer the case NOW.

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