Staying warm and healthy in winter

Cold weather can be dangerous and can cause mild hypothermia.

It can also make people more likely to slip or fall.

This increases the risks of some illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes and respiratory diseases.

Even in a normal winter over 25,000 people die as a result of the cold weather.

On this page we've added some tips to help you prepare for winter and stay warm during the cold weather.

Preparing for winter

Preparing for winter

  • Make sure you’ve had your flu jab if you qualify
  • Get in extra food supplies
  • Have blankets available
  • Consider purchasing additional heaters if possible

When it gets cold

  • Close curtains and shut doors
  • Use hot water bottles or electric blankets (but never both together) if the bedroom is cold at night
  • Wear extra layers during the day and put socks on in bed
  • Try and eat well- aim to have regular hot meals and warm drinks during the day
  • Keep moving where possible as this is good for your general health and improves circulation

Keep your home a safe temperature

Temperatures

It is important to keep your home at a safe temperature. Here's a guide:

  • 21 degrees: Recommended living room temperature. Please note: If you have babies or small children, you should contact your health worker or GP in relation to the required room temperature, as babies need a slightly lower temperature.
  • 18 degrees: Minimum temperature with no health risk. It may still feel cold.
  • Under 16 degrees: You might be more at risk of respiratory disease.
  • 9-12 degrees: You might be at more risk of raised blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
  • 5 degrees: High risk of hypothermia.

Hypothermia

If you think someone may have hypothermia, take immediate action:

  • Dial 999 for an ambulance.
  • Keep the person warm, wrap them in a duvet or blanket and slowly raise the room temperature.
  • Don’t give them alcohol or try to warm them up too quickly.