How can I stay warm through the colder months?
The best way to combat winter health risks is to stay warm. Ideally, try to keep the temperature in your home at around 21°C (70°F). A hot meal can also help maintain your body temperature, and try wearing lots of layers if you’re feeling chilly. You should also make sure you have your heating system serviced every year by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
It's also good to stay active. Walking for a few minutes every hour can help keep the body warm. Whatever you do, don't put your health at risk – a drop in body temperature can be bad for your health. And if you stay cold for too long, your body’s resistance can drop, increasing the risk of colds, flu, chest infections and, in severe cases, hypothermia.
How to tell if you or someone else has hypothermia
Hypothermia can be hard to detect. Watch out for slurred speech, drowsiness and cold skin. If in doubt, have a warm (non-alcoholic) drink, turn up the heating gradually and put on another layer of clothes. If you’re concerned about hypothermia, call your doctor.
Where to go for health advice
There’s lots of information on the NHS website. And if you’re 65 and over, you can get a free ‘flu jab.
We can also help you save energy and money. Go to our Priority Services page to find out what we can do for you.
You can also call us on 0800 269 450(1) . We’re here Mondays to Fridays 8am to 8pm, and Saturdays 8.30am to 2pm.
(1)Calls to 0800 numbers are free from BT landlines. Other network operators’ charges may vary.