Health and well being
There are some practical steps that you can make to help keep you warm and healthy throughout the winter months:
- Get your free flu jab. If you are aged 65 or over, pregnant, have certain medical conditions, live in a residential or nursing home, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person. An annual nasal spray flu vaccine is also available for all children aged two and three years old.
- By setting your heating to the right temperature (18-21 °C, 65-70 °F), you can keep your home warm. Ensure windows and doors are closed to prevent heat escaping.
- Look after yourself and check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they are safe, warm and well. Layer your clothing to stay warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside
- Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can.
- Get your home ready for winter. Get heating and cooking appliances checked, flues and chimneys swept ensuring ventilation points are not blocked. If you use heating oil, LPG or wood products as the main heating source, make sure that you have a sufficient supply to avoid running. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm which is EN50291 compliant, but fitting an alarm should not replace regular maintenance of appliances.
- Good hand hygiene can help prevent the spread of norovirus
- Learn a few simple first aid steps; such as how to deal with strains and sprains or broken bones, as trips and falls can increase in icy weather. There are a number of accredited first aid providers and useful education resources available.
- Check the forecast and ensure you have enough food and medicines.
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