Preparing for Winter

There are three simple steps to help you prepare for winter:

Step 1 - Keep Warm

  • heat your home to at least 18Oc
  • fit draught proofing and insulation
  • draw your curtains and shut doors to help keep the heat in
  • get your boiler checked annually
  • find out about financial help and grants - call your local Citizens Advice or Action Surrey on 0800 783 2503

Step 2 - Keep Well

  • have plenty of hot food and drinks; eat at least five portions of fruit and veg every day and stock up on tinned and frozen foods
  • have your flu jab - participating pharmacists in the Surrey Downs area
  • catch germs in a tissue and wash hands
  • keep active indoors and out
  • get help early; ask your pharmacist or for a non-emergency call 111

Step 3 - Be Prepared and Safe

  • keep your medicine cabinet stocked and fill repeat prescriptions in good time.
  • put together an emergency kit bag
  • stay up-to-date with weather reports
  • sign up for flood warnings and make a flood plan
  • look out for your neighbours
  • for vulnerable residents - join your utility provider's Priority Service Register and Thames Water's Special Assistance Register on
  • call Surrey Fire and Rescue for a free Home Fire Safety visit on 0800 085 0767

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Last Updated: 14/12/2017

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