Our first Winter Warmer Appeal has now closed raising more than £2,700.
Tips to keep warm in winter
We all know/might know someone that may be vulnerable to the effects of the cold this winter. We can help them to keep warm and be healthy by encouraging them to follow a few simple steps:
- Wear several thin layers to help trap warm air close to the body
- Wear clothes made from wool, cotton or fleecy fabrics
- Wear warm clothes in bed and if it’s really cold, consider wearing a hat
- Cut out draughts and stop heat escaping by drawing curtains
- Keep any windows and internal doors closed when it’s cold – this will keep heat inside
- Have regular hot meals and warm drinks
- Keep moving, even doing chair-based activities like wiggling your toes
- If you’re sitting down, a shawl or blanket will provide extra warmth
- Make sure you have a flu jab
- Have your heating system serviced regularly
- Fit thermal linings to curtains to help to keep the heat in
Some tips to reduce energy-use and keep fuel costs down:
- Turn off the lights if you are not in the room
- Don’t leave electrical items on standby
- Only boil as much water as you need.
- Turn off any electrical chargers once finished
- Avoid blocking radiators
Phone 0800 169 65650 to claim a free ‘Winter Wrapped Up’ information guide from Age UK.
If you were born on or before 5 July 1954 you can claim the Winter Fuel payment. Contact your local Citizens Advice for more information.