Ten tips for keeping warm as freeze continues

Hot drinks are an ideal way to stay warm
Hot drinks are an ideal way to stay warm

With freezing temperatures set to stay with us until at least the end of the week it is important to keep warm.

Home support service provider Mears suggests a number of actions that people can take to stay comfortable without burning a hole in their pocket.

1. Make sure your home is at the right temperature, which is somewhere between 18°C and 21°C, so you can keep warm and keep your bills as low as possible. Turn the heating down in the rooms that are not in regular use.

2. Shut the doors to any rooms that you don’t use. This will provide another barrier between you and the cold weather outside and will reduce heat loss.

3. Wear several thin layers rather than just one thick one, as the layers trap warm air close to the body, and this will also make it easier to control your temperature.

4. Close your curtains as soon as it becomes dark to stop the heat escaping and any draughts coming in.

5. If you’re entitled to a free flu jab (which includes those aged 65 or over), make sure you get it.

6. Ask your energy provider if they have special rates for the elderly and check to see if you qualify for any benefits to help pay for extra heating in winter.

7. A shawl or blanket will provide extra warmth if you’re sitting down, and you should also try to keep your

feet up because air is colder at ground level.

8. Avoid placing large pieces of furniture in front of your radiators. This means that hot air can circulate more freely.

9. Wrap up warm in bed, and when it’s really cold, wear thermal underwear and socks, and think about investing in a duvet with a higher tog rating.

10. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can.

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes

Arlene McHugh, service manager for Mears in Motherwell, said: “We want to ensure that the older people in our community, and people with medical conditions that are affected by temperature, are aware of the simple things they can do to stay warm.

“We also hope that our tips might encourage people to pop in to see their elderly or housebound neighbours, just to check that they’re ok and to provide a bit of company during the winter days.”