The government's advice on getting ready for winter winter aims to reduce cold-related illness and deaths. Key tips include

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  • Keep your home warm. Your main living room should be between around 18-21C (65-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F). Use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while in bed.

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  • Eat well. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can.
  • Wrap up warm, inside and out. Layer your clothing to stay warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.
  • Check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they're safe and well. Make sure they're warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather. If you're worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour,contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.

Source: http://www.nhs.uk

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