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Senior Safety: Preparing for Columbus Winter

Senior Safety

Now that the new year has arrived, Ohio’s weather is finally showing signs of winter. As the temperatures drop, it’s important to keep a watchful eye on your neighbors, especially the elderly, to make sure they are living as safe and happily as possible. At Keystone Heating and Cooling, we share these warm winter reminders with customers of all ages:

Keep Sidewalks Clear

Take a few extra minutes and shovel someone’s driveway and path. It’s hard enough to get outdoors when your mobility is limited, and add snow to that equation and chances for a fall are even more likely. Slips are inevitable, but taking necessary precautions lessens the risk for those most in need.

Prevent Space Heater and Chimney Fires

Frigid temperatures have furnaces and fire places lighting back up—some for the first time this season. To guard against house fires, a simple tune up might be all you need. Make sure all chimneys and flutes are cleaned yearly, have the furnace inspected before winter, and place space heaters 3 feet away from everything. Also, be sure a carbon monoxide detector is installed.

Watch for Signs of Hypothermia

Seniors generally produce less body heat. Add cold weather, medication and conditions such as arthritis and you have a recipe for hypothermia. If you believe your neighbor is suffering from hypothermia, seek medical attention immediately. Do not try to rub limbs to keep them warm. Encourage the person to drink warm, non-alcoholic, caffeine-free beverages.

At Keystone, we know bills can be tight but nobody should have to suffer through a cold winter. It’s especially important to keep an eye on those most in need, offering an extra helping hand when you can. If you have additional tips, please share them in the comment section below.