Home Health Wrap up warm as temperatures drop
Gloved hands trying to keep warm by holding a hot drink

Wrap up warm as temperatures drop

by Laura Johnston

Wrap up warm as the Met Office has issued a warning of severe cold weather for the weekend.

This cold weather can be dangerous for a number of people, including older people, babies and young children. If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours or friends, you may want to check on them to ensure they are managing to keep warm and well during the cold spell.

Follow the tips below to ensure you stay safe and well during the cold weather:

  • Have plenty of hot food and drinks.
  • Wear lots of thin layers (clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres).
  • Homes should be heated to the right temperature: at least 18°C (65˚F).
  • If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed.
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours.
  • If you have a long term condition and start to feel unwell, get advice from your pharmacist.
  • If you have a gas/solid fuel appliance/boiler, consider getting an audible carbon monoxide alarm and test it weekly – it can save your life.
  • Keep heaters and fires away from clothes, blankets and other combustible materials.
  • Electric blankets – check the wires are not frayed and they are safe to use. Don’t leave them on unattended.

For advice and information on keeping warm, or to discuss any grants that may be available, please contact Simon Rugen on 0151 443 5817.

More information can be found on the Met Office website: