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Keeping warm

 Here are some tips to help you keep warm.

  • Wrap up warm. Several thin layers of clothes are better than one thick layer. Clothes made of cotton, wool and fleecy fibres are particularly good and maintain body heat.
  • As far as you can, stay inside during a cold snap if you have heart or respiratory problems
  • Make sure slippers, shoes and boots are a snug fit with non-slip soles
  • Keep active. Move around at least once an hour and don't sit down for long periods. Even light exercise will help keep you warm
  • Eat well. Eat warming, hearty and healthy meals. Porridge makes a really filling, warming and healthy start to the day
  • Make sure you have enough of the medicine you need in case you are unable to go out
  • Keep an emergency contact number for a friend, family member or neighbour in case you need help

 Here are some tips to help you keep your home warm and comfortable.

  • Your main living room should be kept between 18 to 21C (64 to 70F)
  • Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you're in bed
  • If you use an electric blanket, make sure it is tested every 3 years.
  • Make sure your loft and cavity walls are insulated (there should be 27cm or 10.5 inches of insulation in the loft) 
  • Fit draught-proofing to seal gaps around windows and doors
  • Insulate your hot water tank and pipes
  • Draw your curtains at dusk to keep heat in the rooms
  • Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by furniture or curtains
  • If you use solid heating fuel such as oil or LPG, make sure you have enough supply
  • Don't use a gas cooker or oven to heat your home
  • Fit a carbon monoxide detector in your home. This will alert you if your heating system isn't working properly.
  • Make sure you have a smoke alarm fitted 

For advice about energy efficiency, including home heating and insulation, phone the Energy Advice Line on 0800 082 2234. 

District Councils have a lot of information to help you keep your home warmer and more energy efficient during winter.

And there are other organisations that can give you practical tips and advice.