Top Tips for Staying Warm this Winter

Published: 22/05/2019

Bluebird Care are encouraging all our customers to follow these simple steps in order to stay warm and keep healthy during the coming winter months.

With the cold weather now firmly upon us, it is important to listen out to daily weather forecasts as the cold can seriously affect your health.

Radio and TV weather forecasts are regular throughout the day, but you can also keep up-to-date by following updates from the Met Office website, through the Met Office Twitter feed, or you can ring their Weather Desk on 0870 900 0100. 

Following these tips will help keep you, your family and those around you warm and healthy during the cold snap:

  • Draw curtains at dusk and also keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
  • Drink regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter. 
  • Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer). 
  • Keep as active in your home as possible.
  • Wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside.
  • If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C. It's a good idea to keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if you can and make sure you wear enough clothes to stay warm. During the day, you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer
  • If you're under 65 and healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C, if you're comfortable.​

Public Health England also has a cold weather plan with tips on how to protect your health during cold weather.

Also make sure you are receiving any benefits you are entitled to, such as the Winter Fuel Payment and Cold Weather Payment.

The Met Office has advice on getting ready for winter and suggest practical things you can do to prepare for winter weather, with the advice also telling you ways you can save money.

When travelling, be sure to wait until roads have been gritted, and take extra care on icy pavements, as black ice is often not visible. You can lessen the risk of slipping by putting down grit or cat litter onto your paths and driveways.

Also be sure to check in on vulnerable neighbours and relatives who may be at increased risk during cold weather if they are elderly or have a serious illness.

​If you have any queries that you'd like to talk about, please feel free to contact the office on 01264 310 888.