Winter advice

Keeping well, warm and healthy this winter

With the winter weather as unpredictable as ever, it’s best to be prepared.

Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as:

  • heart attacks
  • strokes
  • pneumonia
  • depression

Keep warm

While it’s important for us all to keep warm during the winter months, older people and those with underlying health problems are more vulnerable to colds and infections as a result of cold weather, therefore it’s imperative they keep themselves warm.

Our Care and Support Hub has more information on the services available to help ensure you’re warm and well this winter.

Portable heaters and open fires

Heaters being placed too close to flammable materials cause several fires and deaths a year.

It’s important to stay safe while heating your home; depending on the type of heater in use, you should also be aware of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

London Fire Service advice on portable heaters and open fires.

A crackling fire in the hearth

If you have an open fire place at home, now’s the time to have your chimney checked and cleaned.

Sooty deposits aren’t the only problem with blocked chimneys; chimney fires can start, and silent and deadly carbon monoxide fumes can also build up.

London Fire Service advice on having your chimney cleaned; once a year if you’re burning smokeless fuels, twice a year if you’re burning wood.

Keep cosy, but stay safe – ventilation and alarms

Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer that causes at least 50 deaths a year.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous substance produced by the incomplete burning of gas and Liquid Petroleum Gas.

This happens when a gas appliance has been incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained.

It can also occur if flues, chimneys or vents are blocked.

Oil and solid fuels such as coal, wood, petrol and oil can also produce carbon monoxide.

Make sure you know how to prevent and detect this gas with London Fire Service advice on Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Private landlords are legally obliged to provide working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Guidance for landlords and the general public on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Candles and naked flames

A flickering candle can look lovely during winter chill and darkness, but they are one of the biggest causes of fire within the home.

London Fire Service advice on using candles.