Keeping warm

As we get older it is important that we keep the cold at bay for our general health.

Keeping Safe and Healthy in Severe Cold Weather

Keeping yourself warm in cold weather is essential to staying healthy, especially for the very young, older people or those with a chronic condition such as heart disease and asthma. There are a range of health problems associated with cold housing and winter weather, but the following tips can help you to be prepared for keeping warm and well during the winter.

  • Keep warm by setting your heating to the right temperature (18 to 21°C).
  • Have your flu jab to protect yourself and others from influenza, if in an eligible group.
  • Look out for friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with supplies.
  • Have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day and keep active to help your body stay warm.
  • Get financial support to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.
  • Have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly.
  • Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer, and when you need to go outside wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.

Health Through Warmth - for more information on npower's Health Through Warmth scheme please click on the link below. 

The Government also provide simple tips on how to keep warm and stay healthy in the cold weather. Click on the link below to download their leaflet.

Swindon Borough Council Public Health works to improve the health of the population.