Keeping warm and safe during the winter months can be especially difficult for the elderly. With outside temperatures dropping well below freezing and roads becoming more and more hazardous as the snow falls, we need to do our best to take care of ourselves and avoid becoming ill or injured. Winter is also cold and flu season and those who are especially susceptible to becoming ill should take extra precautions this year.
If someone you love, or yourself, is feeling the effects of winter’s icy cold, keep reading as MACC Care has put together some useful tips that will help you to stay safe during the winter months.
7 Tips To Staying Warm And Safe This Winter
Avoid driving on especially bad weather days- when the snow is falling and the temperatures are well below freezing, try not to drive if you don’t absolutely have to. Even a short trip to the grocery store could lead to an accident or a slip and fall in an icy car park.
Walk Carefully- when walking outside to your car, or from your car to a shop, be especially careful and assume the ground is always icy. Do the ‘penguin shuffle’ when walking on ice to prevent slipping and injuring yourself.
Dress In Layers- when you do venture out into the cold, be sure to dress in layers. That way, you can remove layers as needed to keep your body from becoming overheated.
Program Your Thermostat- by programming your thermostat to keep your home warmer when you are home and decrease the temperature while you are out, you will not only save money on energy bills, but you could avoid getting sick or having your plumbing freeze. Frozen plumbing means no water and it could lead to a pipe bursting and flooding your home.
Close Your Curtains At Night- it is much colder at night and by closing your curtains when it first becomes dark outside, you can drastically reduce the amount of cold air that enters your home. Your curtains will act as a layer of insulation, keeping your home warm and comfortable throughout the night.
Eat Right- eating healthy foods will not only keep your body and mind healthier and help prevent colds, it will also help regulate your body temperature and give you the strength you need to avoid slip and falls on icy stairs and walkways.
Stay Active- this is especially challenging in the winter, but very important if you want to stay healthy and fit.
Contact MACC Care
To learn more ways to stay safe, warm and healthy this winter, contact MACC Care today.
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