As the winter weather keeps on coming, we at UK Stairlifts Direct want to make sure that you all keep warm and safe in this cold weather. There has been a Cold Weather Alert which will last up until Thursday which was produced by the Met Office. The Met Office has predicted severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow. Cold Weather Alerts often mean temperatures are below 2 Celsius for 48 hours or longer. As you age, your bodies can react differently to the cold (it is a contributing factor of heart attacks, strokes and asthma) so you should make sure that you are prepared for this cold weather so you can stay warm.
In order to keep warm and safe in this cold weather, UK Stairlifts Direct recommend that:
- Keep your bedroom window closed at night so you can retain heat within your bedroom.
- Make sure you wear several layers before you venture outside. If you are cold in your home, then make sure you wear thermals under your clothes and snuggle under a blanket while watching TV.
- When it is icy outside, try not to go outside. If you need groceries, please ask a family member or neighbour if they are visiting a supermarket to buy you what you need. If you need to go outside, ask a friend or relative to walk with you. They can make sure you are steady on your feet.
- In the event that you need to go outside, make sure you have appropriate footwear such as boots with non-slip soles. Also, wear thermal socks to keep your feet extra warm.
- Keep your house between 18C and 21C to ensure you keep warm.
- Do not skip meals. Food is essential for warmth so make sure you have regular meals. Meals that consist of carbohydrates are the best for warmth. If you do not want to constantly eat, then at the very least make sure you have several cups of tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
- If you are going to sit down in one place, make yourself a hot water bottle to keep warm.
- Use draft excluders so you will not be sitting in one place feeling a draft. It’s important that you do not block any radiators, as they will cut down heat distribution through your home.
- Speak to your doctor about flu vaccinations as having one can protect you and give you protection.
- Have a backup collection of medicine, food and drinks. This way, you will not have to go outside if the weather is too cold.