Keeping Warm & Well This Winter

The cold weather can have a significant impact on the health of older people, the long term sick, disabled and children under five.

The suggested healthy temperature of your home should be 21°C (70°F) in the living room and 18°C (64°F) in other occupied rooms, if you have health problems you may need to be a bit warmer.

Health issues arise from living in cold, damp homes and people with high blood pressure, heart problems, mobility problems, diabetes and other long-term health issues can be particularly affected.

How to keep Warm & Well
  • keep an eye on the weather forecast
  • avoid going out in very cold weather, especially if a cold snap is announced
  • keep plenty of tinned/frozen food in stock and eat at least one hot meal a day
  • wear layers of clothing to trap heat, this works better than one thick item
  • go for your flu jab and make sure you have enough prescription medicines
  • try and keep active, if mobility is a factor do some chair exercises to keep warm.
The growing pressure on residents as the price of gas and electricity rises means it is even more important than ever to be as energy efficient as possible.

The councils Warm and Well team provide advice and signpost residents to organisations who can help them with:
  • energy efficiency advice
  • switching energy suppliers
  • information on winter-related benefits.
The Stay Safe and Warm team can be contacted on 01429 874063.

They also work with Cleveland Fire Brigade, who have recently launched the Stay Safe and Warm campaign.

This initiative raises awareness of the dangers faced by people struggling to keep warm, provides emergency assistance and helps to find longer term solutions.

Led by the Fire Brigade, other project partners include Redcar & Cleveland, Hartlepool, Stockton and Middlesbrough Councils and South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group.

They work together to identify people at risk and give them advice and support, ranging from organising safe, temporary heating to help people get specialist guidance on managing their fuel bills.

Where appropriate, they will put people in touch with initiatives which can help with free boiler repairs or replacements.

Phil Lancaster, the Brigades Director of Community Protection, said:

"Being able to keep warm at home during cold weather can literally be a matter of life and death. Nobody should be in that position.

"Anyone who is worried that they might not be able to heat their home properly or is concerned about a family member, friend or neighbour should contact the Stay Safe and Warm team straight away, please dont delay."

You can contact the Warm and Well team on 01642 771289 or email warmandwell@redcarcleveland.gov.uk

For further information on keeping warm see NHS Direct
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