Keeping warm or cool

Keeping at the right temperature is very important, particularly if you are elderly or have certain medical conditions.

Keep warm

Keeping warm over winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia.

Get more hints and tips about keeping warm and how to look after your neighbours and relatives by reading the snow buddies page.

Please see the documents and links below for more information about keeping warm.

Keep cool

Equally, people with certain medical conditions, the elderly and the very young can find themselves in distress when it gets too hot.

Older people and people with heart, respiratory and other serious health problems are most vulnerable.

In hot weather, the danger symptoms to look out for are:

  • feeling dizzy or faint
  • shortness of breath
  • vomiting
  • increasing confusion.

Ways to avoid heat exhaustion include:

  • keeping out of the heat
  • ensuring adequate ventilation
  • keeping cool
  • wearing light cotton clothing
  • closing curtains and blinds
  • drinking regularly − water or fruit juice are best.

If you are concerned then you should contact your GP for further advice. The documents and links below provide further information about keeping cool.

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

Also on our website

  • Cold weather payments
  • Winter fuel payments

Information on other websites