It is so important that when the temperature drops outside, we take care to keep warm and check in on our loved ones and neighbours.
MET Office six top tips to keep warm.
1. First and foremost – get your flu jab
2. Keep warm and keep well. Heating your home to at least 18° C (65° F) in winter is particularly important.
3. Check on others – Older neighbours and relatives and those with heart and lung conditions, as well as very young children, are at particular risk from the cold.
4. Get financial support
It’s worthwhile claiming what you are entitled to.
Winter Fuel Payment – a tax-free benefit of up to £300 to pay for heating. People born on or before 5 May 1953 will qualify this year. The exact amount depends on your circumstances including your age, whether you live alone, get Pension Credit, or income-based Jobseeker’s or Employment and Support Allowances.
Cold Weather Payment – made during periods of very cold weather, to help pay for extra heating costs. The average temperature where you live must be recorded or forecast below 0°C for seven days in a row. You may be eligible if you are getting Pension Credit, Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance or you receive Child Tax Credit that includes a disability element
Warm Home Discount Scheme helps low-income and vulnerable households with energy costs. Participating energy companies will be providing a discount of £140 on the electricity bill of certain customers, as well as discounts to a broader group of low-income customers.
5. Get on the Priority Services Register
This is a free service provided by water and power suppliers for older and disabled people, or if you depend on electricity to keep medical or mobility equipment running.
6. Heat your home safely
Remember to get your heating system checked regularly by qualified professionals, and if you have open fires make sure they are properly ventilated.