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Keep warm this winter

Winter weather is here and we have some top tips about how to stay healthy, safe on the roads and warm in your home as we wait for the green shoots of spring to arrive.

Staying healthy should be the first ‘to do’ on everybody’s winter list. The flu jab is available free to the widest range of people this year including those aged over 65, people with certain health conditions, pregnant women and all primary school aged children who are considered super spreaders. Anyone outside of these categories can request a flu jab for a small fee.

In the case of a cold, stock up on remedies so you don’t have to venture out while under the weather. Pharmacists should be the first port of call for coughs, sore throats and minor ailments and there is large amount of advice on the NHS website.

Keeping warm is important as the temperature drops outside and can help prevent minor ailments becoming more serious health conditions. 

The ideal temperature for homes is 18 degrees Celsius or 20 degrees Celsius for older people or those who are unwell.

Keep warm by adding thin layers to what is being worn with cotton, wool and fleece fibres particularly good at maintaining body heat. Avoid sitting still for long periods of time and staying active is not only good for physical and mental health but for keeping warm. The humble hot water bottle is perfect as a winter warmer and a great way of keeping warm in bed with extra blankets. Take care filling water bottles and avoid using boiling water.

Be prepared for the dip in temperatures by getting the central heating serviced to potentially stave off any problems, stock up on food staples and ensure essential medication does not run low. Keep a working torch handy, know where the water stopcock is and how to switch off the electricity.

Keep up to date with weather reports and take heed of travel warnings. Driving in cold and wet weather conditions requires extra care on the roads and the RAC has lots of handy advice and tips. Keep warm clothes or a blanket in the car, a torch and spade, as well as a bite to eat and a hot drink if going on a long journey.

Look out for neighbours who may need a little extra help with fetching prescriptions or a bit of shopping to tide them over. Bad weather can affect the number of visitors they have so why not offer to make a cup of tea and have a chat and offer to give contact details so they don’t feel alone in the event of an emergency. 

Useful numbers 

  • Osborne Property Services (for council tenants and leaseholders) - for all general repairs and maintenance appointments and enquiries, including Annual Gas servicing appointments (8am-8pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am-12noon Saturday). Call 0800 915 1215.
  • Thames Water - 0800 316 9800 (24 hour helpline).
  • Power cuts - call 105 free for assistance.
  • Gas leak - 0800 111 999.
  • Flood Alerts – call to sign up to alerts - 0345 988 1188.
  • Met Office for latest weather reports and warning.
  • Traffic news
  • General Slough Borough Council information.

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