Keeping warm and looking after others across BSW

Forecasters are predicting a return to a more seasonal cold snap over the coming days, leading to calls urging BSW residents to stay well by keeping warm and looking out for others.

Cold weather can affect anyone but particularly those considered at risk. Local health leaders are urging anyone aged 65 years and over, those with a long-term health condition, anyone who lives alone and may be unable to care for themselves or those with reduced mobility to stay well, keep warm and access the services available to them during cold weather.

All three local authorities in BSW provide a list of local warm spaces, as well as information to support with managing personal finances and to access support when needed. See below for more information.

Here are five ways to stay warm during cold weather:

  1. Keep homes heated – the Government advises that homes should be heated to at least 18°C and are prepared for incoming cold weather. Support is available to people struggling to heat homes through the household support fund.
  2. Keeping the heat in – apply draft proof measures around the home to keep as much heat in as possible, including keeping windows and curtains closed.
  3. Wrap up warm – wearing additional layers of clothing as the temperature drops – try to avoid adding one thick layer but rather multiple thinner layers to provide better insulation.
  4. Access warm spaces – all three local authorities in BSW have several community-based warm spaces where people can stay warm, access support with the cost of living and socialise with others.
  5. Check on elderly neighbours – look after those most vulnerable and encourage them to keep their home warm, particularly in areas they use most. If they need to go outdoors, communicate the importance of wrapping up warm and wearing shoes that provide a good grip to limit the risk of falls.