Staying warm and well

Published on: Thursday, 04-December-2014

 

As the temperatures start to drop, Public Health professionals in Knowsley are urging residents to follow some tips on keeping healthy and warm:

  • Have the flu vaccine if you’re eligible.
  • Heat your home to at least 18oC to minimise the risk to health – if heating the whole house is a problem heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to sleep.
  • Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer, and when you need to go outside wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.
  • Have all gas, solid fuel and oil burning appliances (boilers, heaters, cookers) serviced by a registered engineer.
  • Undertake energy efficiency improvements to your home or encourage your landlord to do so – advice is also available from the council’s energy officer on 0151 443 5817.
  • Look out for older friends and neighbours, those with existing health conditions or young children.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by insulating them.

For information about benefits you may  be eligible for visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/heating

Further advice is available on the council’s website – www.knowsley.gov.uk (search for ‘be prepared for winter’).