Age UK Advice

by | Dec 12, 2016 | Health, News, Safety at Home

As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold and this can leave us more vulnerable in winter. Keeping warm can help reduce the risk of serious health problems that are more common in the colder months, such as chest infections, heart attacks and strokes. Here are Age UK’s top tips to help stay healthy, safe and comfortable.

• Ensure your heating system is safe & efficient by getting it serviced annually by a qualified engineer .

• Never block air vents and ensure adequate ventilation if you use wood or coal or gas.

• If water pipes freeze they can burst. Know where your main stopcock is.

• Have your electric blanket serviced at least every three years.

• Make sure your smoke alarm is working. You can ask your local fire service to do a free check on your home for fire safety.

• Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm in each room that has a gas appliance.

• Make sure you claim all the financial help you can to help with heating bills.

• Dress in layers and make sure you have warm shoes or boots with non-slip soles.

• Keep a mixture of salt and sand handy to put on steps or paths in icy weather.

• Keep simple cold, flu and sore throat remedies in the house and have a flu jab.

• Order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time, particularly if bad weather is forecast.

• Ask your local pharmacy if they offer a prescription pick-up and delivery service.

• Keep basic food items in the cupboard or freezer in case it’s too cold to go shopping.

• Ask your family, neighbours or friends if they could call or visit you more often.

• Keep a torch handy in case you lose power and keep your devices fully charged. If there is a power cut, you can call 105 for free to get help and advice.

• Keep a list of emergency numbers, such as your utility companies, by your phone.