Keeping warm is important to help prevent conditions such as hypothermia, bronchitis, chest infections and pneumonia. Vulnerable people such as the elderly, families on low incomes and people with long-term medical conditions are particularly at risk.
There are a number of things you can do to keep warm.
- Heat your home to at least 18oC (65oF)
- If you can’t heat all the rooms you sue, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed.
- Fit draft proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors
- Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes
- If possible, try to move around at least once an hour. But remember to speak to your GP before starting any exercise plans.
- Wear lots of thin layers: clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and maintain body heat
- Draw your curtains at dusks to help keep the heat inside your rooms – making sure that your radiators are not covered by curtains or furniture
- Make sure that your loft has at least 270mm (10-11 ins) of insulation. Any home with less than 100mm (4ins) should have it topped up.
- If you have cavity walls, make sure they are insulated.
- Eat well – food is a vital source of energy and it helps to keep your body warm. Eat regular hot meals and drinks for warmth.