Winter and cold weather can have a significant impact on people’s health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself healthy and well during winter is to stay warm.

Keeping warm can help prevent colds, Flu  Opens in a new window or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, Hypothermia  Opens in a new window , Pneumonia  Opens in a new window and depression. Remember - winter needn't be dangerous if you take the right steps.

Helping others

Family, friends and neighbours in the community can look out for those who might be at risk from the cold. Make sure they're warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather. Always be on the look-out for signs that something might be wrong, especially when the weather is cold. There are many signs to look out for

Stay warm this winter

Make sure you eat well and try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can. Wear warm clothes and layer your clothing to stay warm. If possible, stay inside during a cold period.

Keep your home warm, efficiently and safely

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Cold weather benefits

If you are 60 or over, or living with a person who is 60 or over, you may be entitled to some additional financial help to heat your home in the wintertime, and especially during periods of very cold weather. There are also agencies you can contact to help you make the best use of your heating at home.