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Stay well this winter

Keep yourself warm this winter to help protect your health. Keep an eye on family, friends and neighbours, especially those over 65, who may need extra help to stay well this winter.

Our top 10 tips to stay well this winter:

  1. Don’t get caught out – keep up to date with the weather forecast
  2. Heat your home to at least 18oC (65oF) – You might want your main living room to be slightly warmer
  3. Hot drinks and food – Have plenty of hot drinks and a hot meal every day
  4. Remember to layer up – by wearing layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer, you will trap heat better to keep warmer
  5. Wrap up on the sofa – when sitting for long periods of time wrap a blanket around you
  6. Keep active when indoors – Try not to sit still for more than an hour at a time. Even whilst sitting you can move your arms and legs or wiggle your fingers and toes
  7. Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights – breathing in cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections
  8. Protect yourself from flu – If you’re entitled to a flu jab make sure you have it
  9. Make sure you’re receiving all the help that you’re entitled to – Learn how to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating and keep up with your energy bills at
  10. And check your heating and cooking appliances are safe – Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure they’re operating properly. Visit

This content was last updated on February 28th, 2018