Cold weather safety tips
Posted on November 08, 2021 in Health and Wellness
Cooler air and lower temperatures are on their way. Research shows that older adults can lose body heat faster, and changes in the body that come with aging can make it harder to stay aware of getting cold.
Check out these tips from the National Institute on Aging to stay safe amidst cold weather:
- Dress for the weather if you must go out on chilly, cold, or damp days.
- Wear loose layers of clothing. The air between the layers helps to keep you warm.
- Put on a hat and scarf. You lose a lot of body heat when your head and neck are uncovered.
- Wear a waterproof coat or jacket if it's snowy.
- Change your clothes right away if they get damp or wet.
While inside, bear these tips in mind as the winter months unfold:
- Set your heat to at least 68–70°F. To save on heating bills, close off rooms you are not using. Close the vents and shut the doors in these rooms and keep the basement door closed. Place a rolled towel in front of all doors to keep out drafts.
- Make sure your house isn't losing heat through windows. Keep your blinds and curtains closed. If you have gaps around the windows, try using weather stripping or caulk to keep the cold air out.
- Dress warmly on cold days even if you are staying in the house. Throw a blanket over your legs. Wear socks and slippers.
- When you go to sleep, wear long underwear under your pajamas, and use extra covers. Wear a cap or hat.
- Make sure you eat enough food to keep up your weight. If you don't eat well, you might have less fat under your skin. Body fat helps you to stay warm.
- Ask family or friends to check on you during cold weather. If a power outage leaves you without heat, try to stay with a relative or friend.
To learn more, explore this resource from the National Institutes of Health: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/cold-weather-safety-older-adults.