As temperatures drop, it is important people keep warm and well. Cold weather can kill and lead to serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes or pneumonia – those who are 65 or over, or who have a chronic health condition, are particularly at risk.
Throughout the cold weather, looking out for yourself and others is essential to keeping healthy. There are a variety of entitlements and benefits people can apply for if struggling to keep their houses warm, such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments. Information about these are available from the Government’s gov.uk website.
Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination; if you’re eligible get it now. It’s free because you need it. If you have a long-term health condition, even one that is well managed, or you are pregnant, you are at greater risk of severe complications if you catch flu.
The nasal spray vaccination is a quick, painless and effective way for children aged two and three, plus children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four, to be protected from flu without the need for injections.
Top tips keep yourself healthy and your home warm this winter:
- If you meet the criteria, register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers
- Have all gas, solid fuel and oil burning appliances (i.e. boilers, heaters, cookers) serviced by a registered engineer
- Carry out energy efficiency improvements to your home or encourage your landlord to do so
- Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food, drinks and managing to heat their homes adequately
- Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over
- Protect water pipes from freezing by insulating them
- Check to see if you qualify for financial help this winter see: gov.uk
- Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination; if you’re eligible get it now. It’s free because you need it