Councillor Stallard said: “The cold can kill, and while keeping warm is important for everyone, it is particularly essential for older people, the very young and those with long term medical conditions who all need to take extra care to stay healthy. There are some simple things that people can do.”
Top tips from Public Health include:
- Keep Warm - heat your home to at least 18 degrees C (65F), if you can. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed
- Eat well - food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm so try to have regular hot meals and hot drinks throughout the day
- Seek advice and help from a pharmacist for common problems such as coughs, colds, childhood fever, aches and pains, before they get too serious. Find a pharmacist near you
- Get a flu vaccination – ask your local pharmacist or your GP for more information
- Keep an eye on elderly or frail relatives, friends and neighbours
- Make sure you get your repeat prescriptions in good time
As the weather turns colder some people and families will struggle to keep their homes warm. Hampshire County Council’s Hitting the Cold Spots initiative can help.
Now in its sixth year, this county-wide fuel poverty project offers advice and support to people who are having trouble staying warm during the winter, including home visits, help to access funding for boiler repairs and replacements, provision of temporary heating, and small grants for winter fuel emergencies. Hampshire residents can also find out more about tariff switching and other services for further help, including home safety visits and healthy living advice.
If you or someone you know has concerns about keeping warm and well this winter, please contact an advisor on Freephone 0800 804 8601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the service visit the Hitting the Cold Spots webpage.