LSAB News January 2019
Age UK – Staying Healthy in winter
Winter isn’t everyone’s favourite season and there’s no doubt that cold weather can be a worry for those of us in later life. As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold and this can leave us more vulnerable. Keeping warm both inside and outside your home can help reduce your risk of serious health problems that are more common in the colder months, such as chest infections, heart attacks and strokes. Age UK have produced a guide which explains what you can do to get yourself and your home ready for winter, as well as where to go for more information and support.
Download guide here!
6 steps to beat the bad weather
- Keep an eye on the weather forecast. It's good to know what to expect.
- If bad weather is forecast, make sure you have everything you need. Check you've got enough medication and stock up on food to keep in the cupboards or freezer in case it's harder to leave the house.
- Take extra care if the ground is slippery. Wear shoes with good grip and consider keeping salt and sand mixture handy to grit paths. You could ask your neighbours for help to clear paths or driveways clear in bad weather - the vast majority of people are more than happy to help.
- Plan ahead when driving. Try to avoid going out in the car in bad weather if at all possible, and make sure you follow advice on driving conditions near you. If you do need to go out, keep blankets, some snacks and a shovel in the car in case you get stuck.
- Have a torch at home in case of a power cut. Don't forget to check the batteries!
- Keep emergency numbers nearby. Having the number for your energy supplier on hand can be really helpful if there's a power cut. You can also register with your supplier so they'll call you in the event of a power cut.
London fire Brigade – Fire Safety - Portable heaters, gas fires and open fires
Why are heaters such a concern?
There are many reasons fires start, but fires involving heaters seem to have a particularly high fatality rate. This might be because of the circumstances they start in:
- Fires typically start when bedding, blankets or clothes are placed too close to heaters.
- People with mobility issues are especially at risk of tripping or falling onto a heater – placing them at a safe distance is all the more important.
- Some kinds of heater also present a carbon monoxide risk – which can make you sleepy and less able to escape. That's why it's so important to always fit a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms with solid fuel, gas or paraffin heaters.
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More useful Information
Gov.uk – ‘Keep warm, Keep well’ leaflet
Met Office – Weather warnings
London Fire Brigade – Book a home fire safety visit