Home Health Stay warm when the temperatures fall
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Stay warm when the temperatures fall

by Gemma Melling

When temperatures starts to drop as we head towards winter, it’s important to take the time to ensure you and your family stay warm and well.

Here’s our 8 top tips for when the temperatures fall:

  1. Have plenty of hot food and drinks.
  2. Wear lots of thin layers (clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are best).
  3. Keep your home heated to the right temperature: at least 18°C (65˚F).
  4. 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.
  5. Check on elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours.
  6. 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.
  7. Keep heaters and fires away from clothes, blankets and other combustible materials.
  8. If you use an electric blanket make sure you check the wires are not frayed and they are safe to use. Don’t leave them on unattended.

At-risk groups urged to take particular care

Public Health professionals in Knowsley are reminding us that cold weather can be dangerous for a number of people, including older people, babies and young children. If you, or somebody you care for, falls into any of those categories it is particularly important to plan for the turn in the weather.

Similary, 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 a cold spell.

Need more help?

Visit www.nhs.uk/winterhealth, telephone NHS 111 or visit your local chemist for health advice.

More information can be found on the Met Office’s website.

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