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Keeping warm in Winter

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Hampshire County Council is encouraging people to look after themselves and their friends, family and neighbours so that communities can remain healthy and independent through periods of cold weather.

Taking extra care during cold weather is particularly important for people who are more vulnerable to cold weather such as older people, babies and young children and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, depression, heart disease and arthritis.

The County Council is also asking people to keep a neighbourly eye on older and vulnerable residents living near to them. This is especially important in rural communities where not everyone has access to mains gas and communications can be affected. Any concerns about a neighbour can be reported by calling 0845 603 5630.

Older and vulnerable people of any age can find it difficult to access help or be unaware of the support available to them. Hampshire County Council has been developing new and innovative ways to help people keep warm and reduce bills.

The Hitting the Cold Spots campaign aims to give practical advice on services available, reducing energy bills, increasing available income and keeping warm through a free advice line 0800 804 8601 and when required experienced advisors can visit residents at home.

Older people in Hampshire can also do simple exercises at home, to help them keep warm, keep the circulation going and to help improve balance, flexibility and strength. For those who are able to access community facilities, there are also falls prevention exercise classes around Hampshire which offer an hour long class held by qualified instructors. A map of classes in Hampshire and downloadable leaflets and information can also be found on the Better Balance webpages.

Some tips for keeping warm:

  • Get the temperature right – your living room should be 21° C (70°F) and your bedroom and the rest of the house 18°C (65°F) – above this will be a waste of money and below may risk your health
  • If you can't heat all your rooms then heat your living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed at night
  • Fit draught excluders to seal gaps around doors and windows
  • Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep heat in
  • Make sure radiators are not obstructed
  • Check out what grants and benefits you could be entitled to help improve heating, energy efficiency or with bills
  • Exercise is good for you and can help keep you warm
  • Wear lots of thin layers – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and maintain body heat