With a cold snap forecast this week, it is important to keep warm both inside and outdoors.
Cold weather can affect your health. When the temperature drops, some people are at increased risk of heart attack, stroke, flu, pneumonia, falls and injuries, and hypothermia. Cold weather can also affect people with mental health conditions, such as depression and dementia.
It is also important to look out for neighbours, friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and check they have warm food and drinks available and are managing to heat their homes adequately.
To help stay warm and well:
- Wear several layers of light clothes, as these trap warm air better than one bulky layer.
- Heat your home to at least 18C (65F) if you can - especially if you have reduced mobility, are 65 and over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease.
- Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights – breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections.
- Keep moving if you can, this will help keep you warm. Try not to sit for more than an hour – get up and walk around, make a hot drink and spread housework throughout the day. If walking is a problem try moving your arms and legs whilst sitting or wiggling your fingers and toes.
You can find lots of advice and helpful information on the NHS Choices website.
These tips are useful for you and especially to those more vulnerable to the cold. Are there any friends, family or neighbours that may need a hand keeping warm and well? Popping in can make the world of difference to how they're feeling. If you would like more advice on how you can help others to stay warm, visit po.st/StayWell_help.
If you, or someone you know, are worried about keeping your home warm over winter, the Southampton Healthy Homes Service can provide support and advice. Call them free on 0800 804 8601 to find out more.
Make sure you keep a check on the latest weather forecast for Southampton and any cold weather alerts by following this link to the Met Office website.