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Keep warm: Be prepared

Keep warm: Be prepared

Do you hibernate like me when the weather is bad. I hate the cold and I’m always looking for ways to keep warm. Being cold can really takes its toll eventually so its best to protect ourselves the best we can from the dip in temperatures. Being a support worker and looking after the elderly in the community I am always looking for the best ways to help keep them warm. Here are a few tips on how to stay warm during the cold spell.

Ten top tips on keeping warm if going out.

  1. Have something hot to eat and drink before setting out on your journey and also drink plenty whilst out to keep your insides warm.
  2. Layer up. There is nothing worse than not dressing appropriately for the weather.
  3. Wear wool as wool retains the heat.
  4. Carry a hot water bottle with you if you can. Pocket hand warmers are also good.
  5. Wear a hat, gloves and a scarf to help protect you from the cold.
  6. Avoid getting wet the best you can. Wear waterproof clothing. There is nothing worse than having to wear wet clothes all day.
  7. Keep moving and avoid standing around too long. Try and use good grip shoes/boots for safety!
  8. If you can, always try and carry a change of footwear and socks to change in to.
  9. Check travel arrangements before leaving. Check transport times etc so you’re not left hanging around in the cold. Always keep in touch with a friend or relative in extreme conditions and/or travelling a distance. It then saves them from unnecessary worry.
  10. In extreme weather conditions carry any urgent/needed medication with you in case of emergency/road closures etc. it’s always best to be prepared. Always carry any needed chargers to keep gadgets charged so you can keep in contact with friends and family. If travelling via car, blankets and a flask of soup always come in handy in an emergency. Also write down any important numbers and keep them safe, just in case your mobile goes flat and you are unable to charge it.

Ten tips on keeping warm when indoors

  1. Put the heating on. Homes should be at the temperature of at least 18°C. Check if you are eligible for help with heating costs (link below), no one should be scared to have their heating on, especially on cold winter days.
  2. Have extra blankets to hand and hot water bottles.
  3. Block any drafts around doors and windows.
  4. Keep windows and vents closed.
  5. Check radiators are working properly. You may have one or two that may need bleeding. Move away any furniture obstructing the heat from the radiator.
  6. Layer up, several thin layers work better. Wool and/or fleece preferably.
  7. Hot regular drinks to keep your insides warm.
  8. Keep active and this will help you to keep warm. Batch cook some meals, bake a cake or even some biscuits, that way your near the oven for extra warmth too.
  9. Have a hot soak in the bath.
  10. Eat well, this will help keep your body warm. Also helps to fight off any winter germs – homemade soups are a good choice.

Be prepared: 

  1. Have a good stock of flu medications at home.
  2. Check your home is insulated properly before the winter months. This will also help keep the fuel bills down.
  3. Speak with your GP about a flu jab.
  4. Check windows and doors for drafts before winter.
  5. Check if your entitled to a cold weather payment, it doesn’t hurt to check and every penny helps.
  6. Keep an eye on the weather and stock up on your shopping, saves going out if no need in the bad weather.
  7. Check on your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.
  8. Prepare/protect your pipes for the winter months.
  9. Be prepared for power cuts caused by storms. Candles, batteries etc. Have them in a place ready to grab that all household members know.
  10. Give your car if you have one a winter check.

What are your favorite items to help keep you warm on a cold winters day? >>here are ours<<

Always check on elderly neighbours and relatives. Make sure they are warm and have all they need, especially during cold spells.

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11 Comments

  • Daria Gora

    03/03/2018

    Very good tips for winter season. I used to go hiking a lot back in my country Poland, and during fall/winter season I would always carry an addisional pair of socks.

  • momknowsbest15

    03/03/2018

    I love baking bread on cold days. These are great tips fro winter survival.

  • Joanna Davis

    03/03/2018

    I have been keeping my heater on all the time during the past few days, even during the night. It’s been so cold outside and to be honest, I don’t really care about the electricity bill as long as I am warm and comfortable.

  • justbusylovinglife

    03/03/2018

    Great tips for keeping warm! We keep piles of blankets on the couch and do a lot of cuddling! Using the fire place is a lot of fun as well and roasting marshmallows!

  • bismah2010

    05/03/2018

    The cold season can be so unpredictable when it comes to winter storms and heavy snowfall. When I was living in Canada I was always sure to have a thermos bottle filled with hot coffee just in case the electrify went out.

  • These are really great tips for being warm and prepared over those winter months. It is such an unpredictable time of year, especially here in Canada and you never know when you are going to need some extra warmth.

  • Garf

    05/03/2018

    These are great tips for keeping warm. I live in MN so any ways to keep me warm is so welcome.

  • Coralie

    05/03/2018

    It gets really cold here, so I can relate to a lot of these. Some days are warmer than others, but we always layer so we can be as warm as we need to be.

  • Layering is key!! I grew I in CT so I know how to stay warm!!! These are great tips!!

  • Cynthia Nicoletti

    06/03/2018

    Great tips for this cold winter. It can be so difficult sometimes when someone is really cold and another family member finds it to hot.

  • fashionmommywm

    09/03/2018

    This list was definitely needed last week, I have honestly never been so cold and I am one of those people who are never cold.

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