You will have noticed over the last week that temperatures have dropped, and it is now much colder. When the temperature is lower, it is essential to keep ourselves warm both inside our homes and outside.
You should layer clothing such as hats, gloves, thick socks, and coats. Older children and adults may wear a scarf too. Adults may wish to try wrapping a scarf around their faces before stepping outside in the cold. This will warm the cold air before it is breathed in and can help reduce the risk of chest infections.
While inside your home, it is essential to keep rooms warm. The ideal temperature to keep warm is 18 degrees in your bedroom and 21 degrees in the living room. To help to manage heating costs, it is recommended to only heat one room at a time, the one being sat or slept in at the time. You should wear layers of clothes in the house as well as outdoors so that you feel at a comfortable temperature and can keep the heating off for as long as possible.
Night-time is when the temperature will be at its lowest; shutting windows and doors throughout this period will keep your house warm by blocking out draughts. Try to eat at least one warm meal per day and drink plenty of hot drinks throughout the day to keep your body warm.
Please ensure oxygen is positioned safely away from fires, log burners, and halogen heaters. We recommend keeping oxygen three metres away from these items and 1.5 metres away from radiators and central heating. We currently reimburse electricity costs for oxygen machine usage on behalf of the NHS in accordance with the latest Government guidelines and tariffs. To provide a meter reading, Click Here or call 0800 373 580. When we contact you to advise that your machine is due a service, you must allow us to enter your property to complete this for you. This allows us to obtain an actual meter reading and for reimbursements to continue.
Several charities are available to offer support if you are struggling with fuel bills this winter. Please use these contacts who can provide help and guidance: