Keep warm, keep well

There are some practical steps that you can take to help keep you warm and healthy throughout the winter months.

Some people find cold crisp weather invigorating, others think wintry weather is miserable. For some people though, particularly the elderly, cold damp weather can have a real impact on their wellbeing.

There's a common misconception that cold only becomes a killer when frost sets in and there's snow on the ground. However, for some people the impacts can be felt long before the temperature drops to freezing. For the most vulnerable keeping yourself and your home warm is perhaps the single most important thing you can do to keep you safe over the winter.

Everyone wants to keep the cold at bay over the winter months but many worry about the cost. Saving energy, through better insulation for example, can make it less costly to keep warm over winter and save some of the planet's precious natural resources.

Winter is also the season when coughs, colds and other illnesses seem to multiply. That puts hospitals and doctors under more pressure. You can help by following the advice of health professionals on managing irritating minor illnesses and what to do when something more serious happens.

If you are one of those people that finds winter weather invigorating then there are lots of outdoor activities to get involved in. Staying safe is important but, if you can, so is staying active even in the depths of winter.

It's important for children to understand how to stay safe and enjoy the cold, wintry weather. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service have created some free resources and books for children to learn more about snow and cold weather.

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