How to keep warm and well
Advice about staying warm in your home to reduce the risk of health problems.
Cold homes and your health
Living in a cold home can be bad for your health, so it's important to keep your home warm.
If your home temperature drops below 18°C, you may be at higher risk of:
- health problems such as heart attack, stroke and flu
- mental health conditions such as depression or higher anxiety
Who's most at risk?
A cold home could affect anyone, but you're more vulnerable if you:
- are 65 or over
- have a low income, so can't afford heating
- have a long term health condition such as heart or lung disease
- have a mental health condition
- have a disability
- are pregnant
- have young children
Keep yourself warm
You can get help and advice on keeping warm and well from the following websites:
- NHS - detailed information about who's most at risk, how to keep your home warm and get help with heating costs
- GOV.UK - download leaflets with advice on healthy lifestyle, financial help and flu jabs
- Health and Adult Social Care directory - find local organisations who provide support to keep you warm at home
Help keep others warm
You should check on older relatives and neighbours, and people who have heart or breathing problems, to make sure they:
- are safe and well
- are warm enough, especially at night
- have food and medicines saved so they don't need to go out during cold weather
If you're worried about a relative or neighbour, you can contact us by phone on 01273 295 555 on Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm. If your call is an emergency after 4.30pm, it'll be answered by Carelink Plus.
If you think someone may be suffering from hypothermia, contact NHS 111.