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Keeping Warm

Living in a cold home is not just uncomfortable, it can be quite hazardous too. Making sure your home stays at a temperature of around 18°C can help prevent health problems. That said, there are many reasons that someone may find themselves struggling to keep warm over winter. Whether its paying the bills, broken equipment, complicated heating equipment, poor insulation or property in a poor state of repair or perhaps even a misconception that being cold is good for you.

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Portable heaters shouldn’t be used for drying clothes.

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Check cables are in good condition. If they are frayed or damaged, don’t use them.

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Switch heaters off if you are going to leave them unattended.

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Keep portable heaters one metre away from furniture and other flammable items.

Alternative Heater Advice and Tips

Keeping warm is key during the winter months but we want you to stay safe too. Here are some top safety tips when it comes to alternative ways of heating your home.

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Candles should be secured in proper holders, away from materials that can catch fire. Never leave lit candles unattended.

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Rooms with gas heaters and fires should be well ventilated. Appliances should be maintained regularly. Consider having a carbon monoxide alarm installed too.

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Use fire guards to prevent embers igniting nearby combustibles. Keep the chimney swept regularly and don’t sit or stand too close.

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Only use heaters that are in good working order and keep them a safe distance from combustible materials.

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Wheat Bags – Check the manufacturers instructions and your microwave settings carefully as wheat bags can easily overheat.

The Priority Services Register provides help to vulnerable customers when they need it most. It is a joint register that allows the utility companies to keep track of those who need support so that they can provide services and advice during times of uncertainty.

For further details on the three main utilities Priority Services Register see below:

www.unitedutilities.com/priorityservices

www.electricitynorthwest.co.uk/priority

https://cadentgas.com/emergencies-safety/safeguarding/priority-services-register

Alternatively your own utilities service provider may have information on their own website about what support you can get to help you stay safe, warm and well over winter.

You can also download the Government’s Keep Warm, Keep Well leaflet here which has some hints on tips and advice on staying safe throughout the winter months.