Cold winter weather can take its toll on our homes, cars, and bodies. Frozen pipes, dead car batteries, and bodily injuries, are common and often require us to seek help from a professional. As we age, cold weather can be extremely dangerous. Plummeting temperatures can lead to, icy sidewalks, hypothermia and other serious injuries. Here are some safety tips according to The Silver Lining:
- Dress in layers. Older adults can lose body heat quickly and be unaware that a change in body temperature is occurring, making you susceptible to hypothermia. Dressing in multiple layers will help keep you warm and reduce heat loss.
- Keep the furnace running. Experts recommend keeping the indoor temperature around 68 degrees Fahrenheit at a minimum. While many elderly people live on a budget, it’s important to keep your homes warm.
- Space heaters can be dangerous. During the winter months, home fires increase due to the use of alternative heat sources. People 65 and older are three times more likely to die or be injured in a home fire. Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
- Prevent broken hips. Broken hips are a common injury for the elderly, but can lead to other health complications. To prevent injuries, shoes with non-skid soles should be worn. Here are some other items that might come in handy when out walking: a bottle of water, medications, hand warmers, a whistle, and a flashlight.
- Keep their pantry and medicine cabinet full. If a winter storm is approaching, make sure you have plenty of food and water to last for five to seven days.
- Be aware of severe weather. When the deep freeze is about to settle in or a blizzard is going to strike, make sure you are aware of how long this should last and what precautions you should take.