A another cold spell hits this week, it's another stark reminder to keep the warm during the winter months. Here are some tips for homecare to ensure they stay comfortable and safe:
Maintain a Warm Environment:
Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature (around 68-70°F or 20-21°C).
Ensure proper insulation in windows and doors to prevent drafts.
Wear layers of clothing to trap heat. Warm socks, thermal underwear, and sweaters are a must.
Use warm blankets, comforters, and flannel sheets.
Consider using an electric blanket (following safety guidelines) to keep the bed warm before bedtime.
Heating Assistance Programs:
Check if there are any heating assistance programs in your area that can provide financial help for heating bills.
Hot Drinks and Soups:
Drink hot beverages like tea, coffee, or hot cocoa throughout the day.
Warm soups and stews, not only provide nutrition, but also help maintain body temperature too.
Even in cold weather, it's essential to stay hydrated. Ensure you drink enough water to prevent dehydration.
Light physical activity generates body heat. Simple exercises or regular movement can help improve circulation and keep you warm.
Electric Space Heaters (with caution):
If using space heaters, make sure they are in good condition and follow safety guidelines.
Keep heaters away from curtains, bedding, and other flammable materials.
Turn off space heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
Wear warm, non-slip footwear inside the house to prevent cold feet and reduce the risk of slipping.
Check on neighbours, family and friend, especially if they live alone, to ensure they are comfortable and warm.