Keeping warm in winter - advice and support
- During winter keep the central heating on or concentrate on keeping the main living area in your home to at least 21 degrees Centigrade.
- Close your curtains at dusk to keep the heat in, and make sure they are above or behind the radiator.
- If your gas central heating goes off suddenly when the outside temperature is very low, it may be because the condenser has frozen. Call us on 01786 404040 for instructions on how to defrost it.
Be a good neighbour
Keep an eye on elderly neighbours, relatives and friends. If you, or someone you know, is a vulnerable resident and are at risk as a result of the adverse weather, then please call us on 01786 471177 during office hours or 01786 404040 out of hours, at weekends or during public holidays.
Eating, exercise and clothing
- Eat at least one hot meal each day and have regular hot drinks.
- Keep active! Even simple stretching exercises in the morning helps circulation and keeps muscles supple.
- Wear several layers of thin clothing as they will keep you warmer than one thick layer.
You may also be interested in:
- Keep warm, keep well brochure from UK Government
- Greener Scotland website from the Scottish Government (information regarding home insulation, central heating offers, boiler scrappage schemes and how to arrange Home Energy checks)
- Winter Fuel Payment (available for older people)
- Cold weather payment (available for people in receipt of certain benefits)
- Keep warm, keep well - health information from NHS Choices