There is a direct link between cold winter weather and the higher number of deaths, heart attacks and strokes among older people and others in at-risk groups.
How to keep yourself warm
Thehas a range of practical tips for keeping warm at home.
Safety is important in all aspects of keeping yourself warm. Care should be taken when using electric blankets or filling hot water bottles. Never use a hot water bottle and an electric blanket together, as this is extremely dangerous and could give you an electric shock.
If you use an electric blanket, make sure it is safe to use by getting it tested every three years.
Visit our Get ready for winter' pages.
Insulating and heating your home efficiently
If you are struggling with your fuel bills or need information on how to keep warm this winter, visit the Better Housing Better Health website for free, impartial advice on:
- cheaper prices for gas and electricity
- discounts for insulating your home
- managing debts from your fuel bills
- repairing or replacing your heating
- energy saving tips that save you money
- other options for help and support.
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Looking out for trouble
If someone has had an accident in their home (for example, fallen and injured themselves) or fallen ill, they may not be able to attract the attention of neighbours, passers-by or people who call at the door.
Always be on the look-out for signs that something might be wrong, especially when the weather is cold. For instance:
- milk not taken in late in the day
- newspapers stuck in the letterbox
- curtains drawn during the day
- lights burning during the day
- home in darkness when there should be someone at home
- dog barking all day or the cat scratching to be let in.
It is important to prevent people from becoming cold in the first place. Family, friends and neighbours in the community can look out for those who might be at risk from the cold. Prevention is always easier than cure.
If you are worried about you or someone you knows health and how the home may be affecting it, please go the Better Housing Better Health website for free, impartial advice.