Cold winters bad for your health
If you are an older person, a young child or have an ongoing health problem, cold winter weather can be bad for your health. Getting too cold can raise your risk of chest infections, and can also raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. There are simple things you can do to reduce these risks and stay warm and well:
- Check that your boiler is working. Before a cold snap hits, it’s worth getting checking to see if your boiler is fully working.
- Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F).You might prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer. Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights.Because breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections.
- Eat well. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm.
- Keep active when you’re indoors. Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so.
- Wear several layers of light clothes. Because they trap warm air better than one bulky layer.
- Look after yourself. If you go out in the cold weather wear extra clothes. Don’t go out if it is too cold.
- Make sure you’re receiving all the help that you’re entitled to. Learn how to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating and keep up with your energy bills at www.gov.uk/phe/keep-warm
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