Autumn is here and winter is not far behind. With the temperatures continuing to fall, the cold, snowy weather will be here before you know it. Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the elderly. If you know of someone who might have a more difficult time dealing with the cold this winter, keep reading and learn some ways that you can keep them, and yourself, safer throughout the season.
Staying safe during the cold months ahead means planning ahead. By taking some simple precautions, you can be ready for any kind of weather. Let’s take a look at some ways that you can stay safe and keep your elderly loved ones safer this winter.
Tips For Staying Safe This Winter
Winterise Your Home- during the winter season, our homes can lose a lot of heat due to poorly sealed windows and doors. Be sure to winterise your home before it gets cold by installing weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows and insulating any water lines that run along exterior walls. You should also check your heating system to ensure that it is working properly and ventilated to the outside. Recommending a care home for the elderly is a good idea for your elderly loved ones as this is already done for them and they will be warm and comfortable all season long.
You also want to be prepared for any weather-related emergencies including power outages. Have extra food and water on hand and remember to have extra blankets on hand.
Winterise Your Car- like it or not, you will have to do some driving this winter and with icy road conditions, this can be risky. Winterise your car before winter arrives and be prepared for the ice and snow. Have your vehicle professionally serviced to ensure that your tyres, coolant and heating system are all in good working condition. Keep a winter emergency kit in your car which should include blankets, food and water, flares and a bag of sand or cat litter for traction.
Winterise Your Body- when going outside, be sure to wear appropriate clothing including layers of light, warm clothing, a windproof coat, mittens, hats, scarves and waterproof boots. Walk slowly when outside and bring along a friend if you are going for a walk.
Contact Macc Care
To learn more ways to stay safe during the cold months ahead, contact Macc Care today and learn more about care homes and how a professionally licensed carer can help keep your elderly loved ones safe, warm and comfortable all season long.
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