Tips on how to stay warm at home during the day:

  • heat your main living room to around 18 to 21ºC (64-70ºF) and the rest of the house to at least 16ºC (61ºF)
  • heat all the rooms you use during the day
  • if you can't heat all your rooms, make sure you keep your living room warm throughout the day and heat your bedroom before going to bed
  • set the timer on your heating to come on before you get up and switch off when you go to bed
  • in very cold weather, set the heating to come on earlier rather than turning the thermostat up, so you won't be cold while you wait for your home to heat up
  • keep the temperature above 18°C (65°F) in your bedroom 
  • if you use a fire or heater in your bedroom during winter, open the window or door a little at night for ventilation
  • to prevent the risk of electrocution, avoid using an electric blanket with a hot water bottle
  • to prevent the risk of scalds or burns, make sure you fill your hot water bottles with warm water - never use boiling water

If you have an electric blanket:

  • check what type it is - some are designed to only warm the bed before you get in and should not to be used throughout the night

You can help keep warm by:

  • wearing plenty of thin layers rather than one thick one
  • putting on a coat, hat, scarf, gloves and warm shoes or boots when you go outside
  • wearing clothes made of wool or fleecy synthetic fibres (cotton is only effective if the garment stays dry)
  • wearing bed socks and thermal underwear at night

If possible, stay indoors during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.

A healthy balanced diet will help keep you warm and healthy in the winter. Make sure you and your family eat at least one hot meal a day like soup which is nutritious, keeps you warm and is inexpensive to make or buy.

Staying active is good for your health. Walking, for example, can be good for you. If the weather prevents you getting outside, stay active indoors by catching up on all the household tasks you've been putting off.

Stay in contact with friends and family, especially if you've been stuck in the house for a few days. If you have elderly relatives or neighbours who might need help, check up on them.

It's important to make sure your heating is safe and your house or workplace is properly ventilated, to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Gas safety and carbon monoxide

A Warm Spot offers a warm, welcoming space for people to visit this winter if they need it. They are run by a range of different organisations including churches, village halls, local councils and libraries.

Find your nearest warm spot