Stay warm, well and safe this winter
Follow our winter safety advice to keep your family safe, warm and healthy during the cold weather.
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- Get a flu jab, even if you got one last year. See the NHS flu jab information information to see if you qualify for a free jab, or check with your doctor.
- See Met Office: Are you weather ready? for advice on travel, your home and health during cold and wet weather conditions.
- Visit the NHS: Stay well this winter website for information to help you and your family prepare for winter.
- Check if you qualify for a grant to have insulation or other energy saving measures installed. Find out more - see our Warmer, energy efficient and environmentally friendly housing information.
Keep warm and well
- Have a supply of your prescription drugs and other medicine.
- Have a week's worth of food supplies, including bread in the freezer, long-life milk and non-cook foods. If you live far from other people, have more supplies on hand.
- Stay active - keep moving, even if you're sitting down. Just wiggling your fingers and toes will help you keep warm.
- Eat well - make sure you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day to keep your body warm.
Stay safe and warm outdoors
- Wear several layers of loose fitting clothes.
- Wear boots/shoes with a good grip for walking in the snow and good warm socks.
- Always be careful when driving in snow and ice.
Look out for your neighbours
- Look after elderly or vulnerable friends and neighbours. If you are worried about someone call Social Care Direct.
- Hypothermia is a danger in cold weather. Look after elderly and vulnerable people, make sure they are heating their house correctly. If you think someone has hypothermia, call 999 for an ambulance immediately.
Keep your home safe and warm
- Contact your energy supplier and make sure you are on the right energy tariff.
- Get a supply of blankets to keep you warm in case the heating goes off.
- Have salt/grit/cat litter for driveways and paths, a snow shovel and other snow removal equipment. See our Salt bins information to find out where your nearest salt bin is.
- Try and keep your heating to a constant temperature of between 18°C and 21°C during the day and at least 18°C at night.
- Think about other ways of keeping warm like closing the curtains, hot water bottles or electric blankets.
- Keep a water supply in case a pipe bursts. Follow Northumbrian Water's beat the freeze advice to avoid burst water pipes, and know where to turn off your water.