The temperature has begun to drop which means winter is on the way.
As the colder months set in, Barnet Council is reminding residents to keep warm, well and safe this winter.
There are a number of small and effective things you can do to help yourself, your family and your neighbours this season such as:
- Keep your house at a healthy temperature (around 21°C in the living room and the rest of the house to at least 18°C)
- Use a hot water bottle or layers of blanket to keep warm (never use a hot water bottle with an electric blanket)
- Have regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day
- Wear several layers of clothes, rather than one thick layer
- Keep active by moving around at least once every hour
- Keep doors shut to prevent draughts and pull your curtains at dusk to keep heat inside
- Take extra care in icy conditions by wearing boots or shoes with good grip.
In addition to these tips, residents are also advised to get a flu vaccination every year. The free flu jab is particularly important for those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu. These include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions. For children aged 2-3, there is a free nasal spray available.
Councillor Tom Davey, Chairman of Barnet Council’s Housing Committee, said: “When it comes to staying healthy during winter, prevention is better than cure. I encourage residents to ensure they are well-equipped for the cooler months with warm clothes and heating. It’s also important to check in on your neighbours and family members to make sure they are warm, well and safe this winter.”
If you experience issues with heating or have difficulties keeping your home warm, click here or call our helpline on 020 8359 7441 to find out how you can resolve this issue.