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  Staying well in winter

22 May 2013

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During the winter it is important to take extra precautions to stay healthy. Below are some simple things you can do to stay safe in cold weather:

  • Stay active – movement keeps you warm, even if it is just doing a bit of cleaning or making a cup of tea.
  • Eat well – hot meals and drinks provide warmth, so eat at least one hot meal and have hot drinks throughout the day.
  • Keep warm – the recommended temperature for rooms during the day is 21ºC, but you should not hesitate to increase this should you feel cold.
  • Have a flu jab – flu jabs are available from September and are important if you're 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.
  • Slips and falls – check you have well-gripped shoes. We all need to be more careful when it is icy but the consequences of falling are more serious as we get older.
  • Keep your hands clean – this can help prevent the spread of viruses.
  • Check your appliances – regular servicing of heating and cooking appliances prevents carbon monoxide leaks which can be fatal.

It is also important to check on older relatives, friends and neighbours. A quick visit or phone call could make all the difference.

The NHS has advice on how to stay healthy in the winter.

Advice about staying well in the heat can be found on our summer health page.