Staying well during winter

Staying warm at home

BSL RETINA Support

If you are worried about rising fuel costs, not heating your home properly could cause you to get cold-related illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

A cold home could affect your health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm.

Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.

The chances of these problems are higher if you are vulnerable to cold-related illnesses because:  

  • You are over 65  
  • You are on a low income (so can't afford heating)  
  • You have a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney disease  
  • You are disabled

Top Tips to Stay Warm at Home

One of the best ways to stay well during winter is to keep warm at home. Here are our top tips:

  • Make sure you are receiving any benefits you are entitled to such as the Warm Home Discount, the Cold Weather Payment and the Winter Fuel Payment
  • Draw your curtains in the evening, keep doors closed and block out draughts
  • Wear several light layers of warm clothes (instead of one chunky layer)
  • Stay active in your home
  • Wrap up warm and wear shoes with good grip if you need to go outside
  • Try to keep your bedroom at 18°C (65°F) and main living room at 21°C (70°F)

You can make sure your home is ready for winter by:

  • Insulating your hot water cylinder
  • Getting a Gas Safe Registered engineer to check your boiler to make sure it is safe and working properly
  • Checking your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working and electric fires are properly guarded

For more information on staying warm this winter and fuel poverty, you can read our Newham Fuel Poverty Residents Flyer (PDF)

If you are a professional supporting residents who are living in a cold home and may be fuel poor, please read the Fuel Poverty Information Pack for Professionals (PDF)