Staying Safe And Warm In Colder Weather

Published 5:44 am Tuesday, November 13, 2012

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for older adults concerned about increasing energy costs, particularly during colder months.

The Eldercare Locator has produced a free brochure full of tips on preparing a home for winter weather and saving money on energy costs.

Energy Tips

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For those living independently, maintaining their health and safety this winter is imperative. The brochure, “Winter Warmth and Safety: Home Energy Tips for Older Adults,” provides valuable information to older adults, their families or caregivers on how to best deal with cold weather challenges.

Some of the tips include:

• Seal air leaks and insulate windows around the home.

• Install a programmable thermostat to make the home more energy efficient.

• Insulate water pipes to avoid freezing and bursting.

• Take advantage of local heating assistance funds and utility no-cutoff programs.

• Do not use your stove or oven to heat your home. Keep batteries and battery-powered flashlights available and, when needed, use flashlights instead of candles.

• Check to make sure that electrical cords on space heaters are not damaged and do not pose a tripping hazard.

• Make sure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working properly.

A Winter Emergency Plan

Extreme weather conditions can sometimes require emergency action. Here are some suggestions on how to prepare for winter emergencies:

• Identify temporary living arrangements in case you are unable to stay in your own home and have a plan for getting there.

• Keep in touch with family and friends. Ask someone to check on you daily—especially if you live alone.

• Plan for your medical needs. Have extra medications on hand or identify a pharmacy that will deliver them to you.

• If you or a loved one in your home has medical equipment, be sure you know how to maintain it or move it in an emergency.

• Share emergency contact information ahead of time with everyone who would need it.

Free Brochure

For a free copy of the brochure, call the Eldercare Locator at (800) 677-1116 or download it at The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.


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