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Winter Is Upon Us, Are You Prepared?

How To Stay Warm In Winter Time

Hi all, I’m Pete a proud fresh face at Carr & Westley. I thought since the days are getting colder and darker, I would write a quick blog post on how you can best prepare for the chills that lie ahead.

The Forecast.

To begin with, it’s very hard to predict what weather we are going to get more than a month in advance. We can make assumptions of course, but in reality we won’t truely know what we are faced with until we step out of the front door.

It is always a good idea to hope for the best but prepare for the worst and if early reports are to be believed, it does look like we will have colder than average December. You should expect frost, ice, cold winds and quite possibly more snow than in recent years.

Keeping Warm, Keep Well

Good sense tells us that in colder months is important to prevent catching colds, flu, and more serious illnesses.  Luckily, the NHS has set up a basic checklist of things you can do to help yourselves and others stay healthy this winter time.

So what can we do?

The following is a list of Met office advised actions you can take to maintain good health during cold months:

  1. Get Your Free Flu Jab. If you are aged 65 or over, pregnant, have certain medical conditions, live in a residential or nursing home, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person you are intitled to a fee flu jab paid for by the NHS. Visit the NHS website for more information on how is eligible and how you can book an appointment to get your flu jab.
  2. Keep Warm. The optimal temperture for staying warm is between 18-21°C (65-70°F). Set your home's thermasat to somewhere between these temperatures to find the right balance of managing your heating and your energy bills.
  3. Check On Others. Winter time is not only about looking out for yourself but others as well.  Make sure you check on neighbours and relatives to ensure they are safe, warm and well.
  4. Eat The Right Foods. Food is vital for keeping your body warm. During winter it is important to eat hot meals and drink warm beverages throughout the day.
  5. Check Your Appliances. Get your heating and cooking appliances checked for inefficiences. If you use heating oil, LPG or wood products as the main heating source, make sure that you have a sufficient supply to avoid running out. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm which is EN50291 compliant, but fitting an alarm should not replace regular maintenance of appliances.
  6. Maintain Good Hygiene.  Try to wash your hands more regularly than normal as this can help prevent the spread of the norovirus and other nasty illnesses.
  7. Learn First Aid.  Try to learn about a few basic first aid steps; like how to deal with strains, sprains or broken bones. Trips and falls are more likely to occur in icy weather and understanding how to treat accidents can stop panic. Consult the NHS website for some useful education resources.
  8. Check The Forecast.  Before you leave the house, check the weather.  It seems simple enough but checking to see what you might have to deal with that day will ensure you are best prepared.  It also means you can eat the right food or take the right medicines for your day ahead.
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