Date: November 8, 2018 | Category: News
Winter appears to have arrived early in West Central Missouri, so we are bringing you tips from the National Institutes of Health for staying warm in cold weather:
–Set your heat to at least 68 to 70 degrees. To save on heating bills, close off rooms you are not using. Close the vents and shut the doors in these rooms, and keep the basement door closed. Place a rolled towel in front of all doors to keep out drafts.
–Make sure your house isn’t losing heat through windows. Keep your blinds and curtains closed. If you have gaps around the windows, use weather stripping or caulk to keep the cold air out.
–Dress warmly on cold days even if you are staying home. Throw a blanket over your legs. Wear socks and slippers.
–When you go to sleep, wear long underwear under your pajamas, and use extra covers. Wear a cap or hat.
–Make sure you eat enough food to keep up your weight. If you don’t eat well, you might have less fat under your skin. Body fat helps you to stay warm.
–Drink alcohol moderately, if at all.
–Ask family or friends to check on you during cold weather. If a power outage leaves you without heat, try to stay with a relative or friend.
–Dress for the weather if you have to go out on chilly, cold, or damp days.
–Wear loose layers of clothing. The air between the layers helps to keep you warm.
–Put on a hat and scarf. You lose a lot of body heat when your head and neck are uncovered.
–Wear a waterproof coat or jacket if it’s snowy.
–Change your clothes right away if they get damp or wet.
Care Connection care managers may be able to put you in touch with agencies that can help you make your home warmer in winter or get assistance with utility bills for low income individuals. Call us to find out.
Source: National Institutes on Health