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Cold snap raised to Amber alert

  • Keep warm. A cold home can increase the risk of health impacts, particularly for more vulnerable people.
  • Try to heat rooms you spend a lot of time in, such as the bedroom or living room, to at least 18°C (65°F), day and night – and keep bedroom windows closed. You may prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer.
  • Wear several layers of thinner clothing rather than one thick layer – this will help keep you warmer.
  • Draw curtains at dusk and block out draughts.
  • Try not to sit still for too long, ideally not more than an hour or so. Anyone who has trouble getting up and moving around can also stretch their arms and legs to help them stay warm.
  • If you need to go out, remember to wrap up warm, and wear shoes with good grips to avoid slipping on icy surfaces.
  • If you’re worried about the cost of heating your home, seek financial support. Our Cost of Living page includes links to welcome spaces, heating support, health advice and much more. 
  • Eat well. Try to have at least one hot meal a day. Warm drinks are a good way to keep warm as well.
  • Stock up on food in the house in case you can’t get out during a cold spell.
  • Keeping paths and pavements free of ice can help prevent falls. Older and vulnerable people are most at risk from slips and may need help to keep their pathways clear.
  • Boost your immunity – get vaccinated. People who are eligible for a COVID-19 seasonal booster or flu jab are encouraged to take up the offer as soon as they can.
9 January 2024
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9 January 2024
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