Tips to spread warmth and stay safe

There are many things that you can do to stay safe but we have come up with 5 quick and easy ways for you to stay safe.

5 tips to stay safe

  1. Always lock outside doors, even if you are on the inside. Statistically most burglaries happen in the afternoon, so even when you pop to the shop for two minutes, make sure you lock your door
  2. Secure your windows with window locks. Just make sure you keep your keys in a safe place. Also get secure doors fitted to your property. Doors with a 5 lever mortice lock can only be opened by a key, even from the inside.
  3. Make use of the Password scheme – this is used by all energy and water suppliers. Utility advisors will be the only ones with access to this password so if somebody comes to your door and can’t give you the password you have chosen simply don’t let them in. This makes it easier to protect yourself from bogus callers.
  4. Make sure you set your burglar alarm (if you have one) every time you go out. It is proven that noise is one of the best deterrents to burglars. You could also buy security lights for low visibility areas around your property, especially where there are windows and doors.
  5. Draw your curtains in the evening, this stops people being able to look into your home, net curtains are also an effective way of reducing visibility into your home.

Staying warm

5 tips to spread warmth

  1. Keep active; doing physical activity will keep your body temperature up. Try stretching or walking around. If you have difficulties doing strenuous physical activity then why not try moving your hands and feet round in small circles.
  2. Set your thermostat in your main living area to at least 21ºC. Help the Aged found this to be the ideal temperature for older people. The rest of the house should be kept at 18ºC
  3. If your home is not well insulated it will get cold easily. Get loft and cavity wall insulation from npower. This should increase the temperature of your home as well as help your savings. If you are over 60, disabled or chronically sick then we may be able to help you with some or even all of the cost through our Spreading Warmth scheme.
  4. Why not try draft proofing your home? It is cheap, easy and will help keep you warm. You could also get thicker curtains to keep all that heat trapped inside.
  5. Heat your bedroom through the night to keep you healthy and warm. You could also use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to heat your bed (just make sure you never use them together).