There are a number of reasons for cold related illness and mortality from poorly insulated homes to sustained low indoor temperatures. Living room temperatures should ideally be kept at 70F (21C) and above whereas bedroom temperatures should be kept at a minimum of 64F (18C).
Being cold, even for just a short amount of time can be very dangerous as it increases the risk of associated health problems and preventable deaths during the winter. The dedicated helpline can offer you help with emergencies such as providing temporary heaters, electric blankets, grants, finding a tradesperson or can offer general advice on finding your cheapest energy supplier, benefits and debt.
If you find yourself requiring assistance this winter telephone the helpline: Winter Warmth Helpline: 0121 704 8080. This line is open 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
If you have a heating emergency outside of these hours and you have a vulnerable adult or child in your household, contact Social Services Emergency Duty Team on 0121 605 6060.
You can also request a free temperature/information card, packed full of information and tips.