Winter warmth - keeping warm keeps you well

A Cheshire resident keeping warm at home  by covering in blankets

Being snug and cosy in your home will help protect your health.  Being too cold can cause serious problems for your breathing and lead to bad chests.  Sitting for long periods of time in a cold home puts pressure on your heart and blood circulation too.  This can lead to very serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. 

Older people who may be frail or have existing health conditions are particularly at risk.

We are asking everyone to remember the needs of friends, relatives and neighbours who could be at risk. 

Many people are not aware that by not keeping warm they are putting themselves in danger.  As a minimum, to keep warm and healthy, sitting rooms should be 21C and bedrooms 18C.

Top 10 tips to keep warm and well this winter

  1. Don’t let the cold catch you out
    Check the weather forecast and be ready for cold weather.
  2. A hot meal a day helps to keep the cold away
    Hot meals will keep you warm.  Stock up on tinned, dried and frozen foods - they will keep fresh.
  3. A cuppa will help keep you warm
    Have plenty of hot drinks like tea, coffee or hot water as this will help to keep you warm.    - Just boil the amount of water you need each time and this will save you money too!
  4. Make sure you can get your medicines 
    If the weather turns bad you may not be able to collect or have your medicines delivered, check the forecasts and make sure you have enough in stock. 
  5. Protect yourself this winter - have a flu jab
    The flu is much more serious than a cold; it often leads to a hospital stay and can be fatal.  Keep yourself safe and make sure you have your flu jab.  People over 65, or people with existing medical conditions, get this for free.
  6. Know the room temperature for good health
    Sitting rooms should be 21C,  and bedrooms 18C.
  7. Stay snug and warm with lots of layers
    Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer; this will trap the heat better to keep you warm.  Socks and hats are great too and are a good idea to keep you warm in bed.
  8. Get wrapped up
    Cover yourself with a blanket or shawl if you are sitting for long periods, this will help keep you warm and put your feet up if you can;  the air is colder near the floor.
  9. Tuck curtains behind radiators
    This will keep the heat in the room.
  10. Keep moving if you can, this will help keep you warm
    Try not to sit for more than one hour – get up and walk around. If walking is a problem try moving your arms and legs whilst sitting or wiggling your fingers and toes.

Video - winter warmth

Keeping warm and well

Information on keeping warm and well can be found on the Public Health England website:

Public Health England website - keeping warm and well (open in new window)

The following leaflet contains advice on how to stay warm and well this winter:

Leaflet - top tips to stay warm and well (new window, PDF 1209KB)

Winter fire safety tips

 The following leaflet contains tips to keep your home fire safe this winter:

Winter fire safety leaflet (new window, PDF 581KB)

Safe and well visits

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service offer a free 'Safe and Well Visit' for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

The visits will still incorporate the traditional fire safety information (and smoke alarm fitting), but will also offer additional advice on slips, trips and fall prevention and bowel cancer screening.

Book a Safe and Well Visit for over 65's

Last updated: Friday 26 October 2018