Stay warm this winter: tips to stay safe in the cold

As we move into the winter months, we’ve collated this guide to help you stay safe and well during these freezing temperatures. 

Posted 01 Dec 2023

Keeping yourself warm this winter

It's getting chilly out there, time to dust off your woolly hats and dig out your knitted socks as the temperature starts to drop across Manchester. For many of us, we know that the freezing weather can be a worry, having a big impact on your home and your health. 

So, with the cold weather and slippy streets in mind, we've put together a list of things you can do to stay safe this winter. 

Our top tips to prepare for the weather

  • Block out draughts: try to reduce draughts by blocking gaps under doors with draft excluders. Not only does this keep your home warmer, but it also helps save on energy costs.
  • Prepare for storms: winter storms can sometimes lead to power outages or impassable roads. Create an emergency kit that includes essentials like flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, blankets, and a first aid kit.
  • Keep the heat in: closing your curtains and blinds at dusk will help you keep the heat in. 
  • Dealing with frozen pipes: frozen pipes can stop your central heating from working properly, leading them to burst and cause damage to your home. This winter, make sure you know how to deal with frozen pipes.
  • Get wrapped up: wearing several layers of thinner clothing can be more efficient at trapping warm air than one thick jumper, helping you to stay warmer when it's cold.
  • Prevent slips: sprinkling cat litter or salt on icy patches around your home can help prevent slips and trips.

Cost of living support

Manchester City Council are running a dedicated cost of living service to help Manchester residents who are struggling financially due to the cost of living crisis. 

Find out more

Find your local warm space

Times are challenging at the moment, with the cost of living rising and heating bills growing increasingly expensive. To help us stay safe and well, there are many wonderful people across the country opening the doors of community hubs to provide cosy warm spaces for people to enjoy. 

The Warm Welcome website was set up to help everyone find a welcoming and warm space in their community to spend time, connect with others and feel safe in the colder months. 

Getting by with a little help

There are plenty of fantastic organisations who offer lots of great advice when it comes to being prepared for the cold, protecting your home and staying safe in icy conditions. You can find just a few of these below.