Certain groups are more at risk from the cold than others. Cold weather can be more likely to cause you serious health problems if you are:
If possible, people in the above three high risk categories should heat their homes to 18c or warmer, as well as being sure to dress in warm, comfortable clothing.
An electric blanket or a hot water bottle can be an affordable way to keep warm in bed.
If you are struggling to afford your heating bills you may be entitled to:
You can visit the Energy Saving Trust website or ring them on 0300 123 1234 for more tips on reducing your heating bills.
For more information on any of the above, visit www.nhs.uk or please speak to your GP practice or pharmacist.