Keeping warm and well

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There are lots of different ways to help keep yourself and your home warm and well during the winter months including how to stay steady.

Keeping your home warm

Heat your home to at least 18 °C (65 °F). You may prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer. Keep your bedroom window closed on a winter’s night. Breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections. Take look at our heating top tips for further information.

Getting some financial support

If you are struggling to heat your home there are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.

Looking after yourself

Get your jabs. If you are over 65, or have longstanding health problems make sure you get a flu jab every year to protect you from flu.

If you regularly come into contact with someone who is vulnerable, it is sensible to get a flu jab so that you will reduce the risk of being a flu carrier and infecting them.

Go steady

The onset of winter brings particular hazards, especially for older people, at home or out and about.

Make sure you go steady. Low light levels, fog, ice and snow make slips, trips and falls more likely.

Wear appropriate footwear when you are outside. Take a pair of dress shoes out with you and change into them when you get to the venue. The inconvenience of changing shoes is insignificant compared to a serious fall related injury.

Check on others

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.

If you’re worried about an older person, contact a family member, Staffordshire Cares on 0300 111 8010 or ring the Age UK advice line on 0800 678 1174.

If you're concerned that the person may be suffering from hypothermia, contact NHS 111.

Useful guides

Age UK have produced a useful guide about preparing for winter and getting ready for the cold weather.   

Winter is a busy time for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Staying warm in the home safely is very important, as is driving safely in the ice and snow.

Follow the advice given by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to make your winter a safe and happy one.

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