Seniors Staying Safely Warm - According to the National Institute on Aging with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is important for older adults to pay attention to their heat during the winter months. With seniors, they can lose their body heat much quicker than when they were younger.
With aging, we just aren't as resilient as we were in our earlier years. Our skin texture changes, our muscles lose their tone and our hair falls out. So it is important to pay attention and make adjustment for our health and safety.
Whether outside or inside the danger of hypothermia can be real threat if not paying attention to the temperature. Even living in a nursing home, one can get hypothermia is the rooms are too cold. So pay attention to your room temperatures. A lot of times older adults, who are on a limited budget, may feel it necessary to keep temperatures low to save on energy costs. Even keeping the temps around 60 to 65 degrees can be unsafe.
According to the Institute on Aging, here are some tips for keeping warm in your home:
Be careful of using space heaters. Some space heaters are fire hazards and others can emit carbon monoxide poisoning. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has information on the use of space heaters. Read the following for more information: Reducing Fire Hazards for Portable Electric Heaters and Seven Highly Effective Portable Heater Safety Habits.
It is important each year to have your furnace system completely checked by iRepair Heating and Air, by calling 801-233-1564.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
National Energy Assistance Referral Hotline (NEAR)
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Consumer Product Safety Commission