Winter wrapped up

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Winter can be a worry for many of us, because our bodies react differently to the cold, as we get older. This can leave us more vulnerable in cold weather, but with a little preparation we can keep ourselves warm, healthy and safe during the winter months. 


Spread the Warmth logoExposure to cold weather for prolonged periods of time can be dangerous. It raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and can cause problems for people with breathing difficulties such as asthma.

You can protect your health by ensuring you're warm both inside and outside the house, and following these tips:

  • Keep your bedroom windows closed at night
  • Wrap up well when you go outside
  • Keep your living room at 70F (21C)
  • Keep your bedroom at 65F (18C)

If there is anyone you know who might be at risk, make sure they know what to do.

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Prepare your home for winter

Some of our suggestions include:

  • Have your heating system serviced and chimney swept.
  • If you have wood-burning, coal or gas heaters – make sure you have adequate ventilation.
  • Check with your energy supplier for further advice to help you prepare for winter.
  • Check your water stopcock is working properly.
  • Have your electric blanket serviced – this should be done at least every three years.

Sponsored by Churchill Retirement LivingFor more suggestions and other information, download our Winter wrapped up guide

opens link in new window Winter wrapped up (PDF 1.9MB)

opens link in new window You can also download our Flu prevention leaflet (PDF 500KB)

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