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How to Stay Safe And Warm All Winter Long

December 14, 2016

The weather outside may be frightful -- but that's no reason to be afraid of the winter months. By following a few comforting tips, we can keep ourselves and our loved ones protected from the harsh elements.


To keep everyone happy, healthy and warm this season, follow these six winter safety tips.


1. Enjoy a hot beverage.



We all know how important it is to stay hydrated during the summer -- but it turns out that it's just as important to drink eight 8-ounce of water a day in the cooler months. Failing to stay hydrated can make you more susceptible to illness, dry your skin out and leave you feeling weak. Not having enough fluids can also cause your core temperature to dramatically drop to dangerous levels.


The tough part is that signs of dehydration aren't easy to catch during the winter.


Instead of opting right for ice-cold water when you're parched, try some warmer options with additional health benefits that will still allow you to get your daily dose of h2O:

  • Green tea

  • Hot lemon water

  • Hot chocolate

  • Decaf coffee with almond milk



2. Keep a cozy temperature.


Snowstorms and dipping windchill factors usually force individuals indoors during the winter months. Even if you're staying in, it's important to take all the necessary precautions to keep your body temperature regulated.

  • Stock up on blankets and socks. Not only will they keep you toasty, but they’ll be an extra layer of warmth if you lose power.

  • Place small rugs in high-traffic areas. Hardwood floors and tiles may be nice on the eye, but they can be quite chilly on your feet.

  • Keep temperatures around 68 degrees fahrenheit. Everybody has a different comfort level, but this will keep you from overheating while also preventing those heating bills from skyrocketing.


3. Amp up your daily nutrition.

Eating nutritious, healthy meals is still very important during the winter months. Lacking certain nutrients, such as Vitamin D, calcium and protein, can leave you depressed, sore, weak and at risk for osteoporosis.


To avoid these side effects, add some of these key ingredients to your winter meals:

  • Orange juice

  • Fish

  • Eggs

  • Fruits

  • Veggies

  • Chicken


However, if your sweet tooth is calling, opt for treats you can make yourself. Baking your favorite recipes from scratch will naturally heat your home and also keep you moving.


4.  Take small steps.


It may seem difficult to stay active in the winter, but it's imperative that you take small steps every day to get your body moving. Inactivity can lead to cardiovascular disease, increased risk of falling and even anxiety and stress.


Avoid these issues by practicing safe, simple indoor exercises such as:

  • Simple yoga

  • Brisk walking around the home

  • Stair stepping

  • Cleaning

  • Stretching


5. Stock up for the unknown.

With unpredictable weather can come some unpredictable situations. Be prepared for the winter season and make sure you have the necessities in case of sticky situations (like power-outages, snowstorms and travel bans):

  • Plenty of water and nutritious non-perishable food

  • Non-electric can opener

  • Flashlights

  • Stocked first-aid kit

  • Full week of medications

  • Wireless radio

  • Extra batteries


6. Eliminate fall risks.

Between the heavy snow, cold temps and slippery ice, winter can be a dangerous time for older adults. To ensure you have a safe season, follow these precautionary steps:

  • Ask a family member, neighbor or professional service to remove snow and ice from your driveway

  • Place bags of rock salt and a shovel close to your door for easy access

  • Create clean, dry slip-proof paths from the door to the interior of your home

  • Wear shoes and slippers with a tough grip


At Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels, we want to ensure our neighbors are happy, safe and warm during the winter months. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Be sure to contact us and we will be sure to point you in the right direction.


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Happy Holidays!


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