Prompted by the remarkable length and severity of the current cold spell, the NHS has sent a letter to all parish councils with tips and advice on keeping warm. Top tips are listed below but if you would like a copy of the complete document, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Top tips for staying well include:
Keep your home warm - close curtains and shut doors to keep heat in the rooms used the most.
Use hot water bottles or electric blankets (but never both together) to keep warm at night.
Eat well – food is a vital source of warmth, so eat regular hot meals and drink plenty throughout the day.
Wrap up warm, inside and out. Several thin layers of clothes are better than one thick layer. Don't forget to wear hats, gloves and scarves. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.
If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or breathing problems.
Keep active. Move around at least once an hour and don't sit down for long periods of time. Even light exercise will help keep you warm and improves circulation.
Look out for elderly friends and neighbours. Check they're safe and well through the winter.
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.