As temperatures are set to drop across much of the UK, Staffordshire County Council is giving people advice on keeping warm without paying out a lot of money.
Staffordshire Cares, the website run by Staffordshire County Council in partnership with Stoke on Trent City Council, has a section dedicated to giving people tips of keeping warm and safe throughout the winter.
There are also hints and tips on keeping warm without paying out a lot of money, advice on benefits that are available to keep houses warm, and in times of snow and ice, tips on staying steady in the winter.
For those struggling with winter fuel costs, there is also advice about energy efficiency as well as links to local schemes and free services to help people afford those winter fuel costs.
www.staffordshirecares.info has five tips for staying warm:
- Keep active – try to move around at least once an hour and don’t sit down for long periods of time
- Wrap up – several thin layers of clothes are better than one thick layer. Wear hats, gloves and scarves if going outside, however brief
- Keep it constant – try to keep a constant temperature of 21C during the day, and 18C at night
- Eat and drink – make sure you have at least one hot meal a day and take regular warm drinks
- Stop draughts – keep windows closed (even at night) and draw the curtains after dark
County Councillor Mark Sutton, Cabinet Support Member for Social and Health Care said, “In this country, cold weather contributes to the deaths of over 20,000 older people each year.
“The cold can also contribute to respiratory problems such as flu or asthma, and we know that this is a particularly busy time for hospitals and A&E departments. As temperatures are set to remain low over the next few days, it’s really important that people know how to keep safe and warm in their homes.
“Staffordshire Cares gives people to the tools to take control of their own health and wellbeing, or that of a neighbour or friend. We know that fuel costs can be a worry too, so Staffordshire Cares offers advice as well as links to organisations and local schemes that can help people who are struggling to heat their homes.
“By using our top five tips and the rest of the advice Staffordshire Cares offers, we can hopefully ensure more people are safe and warm during the cold spell.”