Follow these simple tips to keep warm and safe this winter.
1. Wrap up warm
Dress in layers and wear a hat, gloves, and scarf. Clothes made from wool, cotton, or fleecy fabrics are warmest. Wear warm socks and slippers to feel cozy while indoors.
2. Keep the cold out
Close doors and use a keyhole cover to block draughts. Use thermal linings for curtains to keep the heat in.
3. Alcohol is not a good idea to keep warm
Avoid drinking alcohol before going, or when, outside. It makes you feel warm because blood vessels in the skin expand, but this draws heat away from your vital organs.
4. Check your heating
5. Maintain the temperature
Keep your main living room at 18–21°C and the rest of your house at 16°C at least. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep. In bed, use either a hot water bottle or an electric blanket which French Electrical can test and tag for you to make sure it is safe to use.
6. Have warming food and drinks
Have regular hot drinks and food such as porridge, soups, and stews.
7. Stay active
Keep as active as possible to boost your circulation. Move around at least once an hour and avoid sitting still for long periods. Even light exercise will help keep you warm.