It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors. Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term condition, live alone, or live with a disability or mental health condition.
Here are some tips to help you stay warm:
- If you are going outside, make sure you dress appropriately and wear lots of layers and sensible footwear.
- 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 hot drinks regularly throughout the day.
- Heat your home to at least 18C (65F). You might prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer.
- Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights – breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections.
- Get financial support. There are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy-efficient, improve your heating or help with bills
Support and Help in Somerset
Somerset residents who are interested in energy efficiency and saving money on their energy bills can get free advice from the Home Energy Team at the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol.
Support is also available to Somerset residents who are struggling to keep their homes warm, finding it difficult to keep on top of their bills or need advice on grants for home improvements. Phone free on 0800 082 2234.
For more information on how to reduce your bills and make your home more energy efficient, go to the government’s Simple Energy Advice website, or call the Simple Energy Advice helpline on 0800 444 202.
You can also find out about heating and housing benefits on GOV.UK.