RESIDENTS across Denbighshire and Conwy are being urged to take measures to ensure their homes stay warm in winter.

During this cold season, residents are advised to heat their home to a temperature of at least 18 °C. This is important for people with reduced mobility, aged 65 or over, or those that have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections. So it’s all the more important to ensure your home and the homes of people you look out for are the right temperature.

"Overnight, people who are 65 and over or who have pre-existing health conditions may find bedroom temperatures of at least 18 °C are good for their health; this may be less important if you are a healthy adult under 65 and have appropriate clothing and bedding."

People may be able to get help with bills. Those receiving a state pension and were born on or before July 5 1952, will receive the Winter Fuel Payment which is worth between £100 and £300.

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