Stay warm

It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors.

Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.

Tips to help you stay warm

  • Make sure you keep your living room warm throughout the day and heat your bedroom before going to bed.
  • To minimise the risks to your health, if you're not moving about as much at home and inactive for long periods you should wear warm clothing indoors and have your home heated to at least 18°C (65F).
  • If you use an electric blanket always check it regularly for signs of wear or damage. Never use an electric blanket and a hot water bottle at the same time. If you're in any doubt about your blanket, contact the manufacturer before you use it to make sure that it is safe. It may need to be replaced.
  • If you can get outside for a walk during the day in winter you'll not only maintain your fitness you'll be helping to banish the winter blues. Remember to wear thin layers of cotton, wool or fleecy fibres to keep you warm.
  • Stay inside in bad weather if you don’t have to go out.
  • If you are going outside, make sure you wear shoes with good grip and a scarf around the mouth to protect you from the cold air, and to reduce their risk of chest infections.
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