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Author: Age NI
Published on 21 March 2013 03:00 PM

With snow warnings in place for Northern Ireland on Friday and Saturday, Age NI is urging older people, and their families and friends to be prepared for the impact of severe weather.

Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive commented, ‘The weather forecast warns of snow, sleet and gale-force winds.  We are urging older people to take some simple steps to prepare for these adverse conditions and stay warm, safe and well in the coming days:

  1. Heat your home well. By setting your heating to the right temperature (18–21°C or 64–70°F), you can keep your home warm and your bills as low as possible. 
  2. Eat well. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Keep basic food items in the cupboard or freezer, and try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day.
  3. Wrap up. Try to avoid going outside on extremely cold days If you do need to, remember to wrap up warm and remember that several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer.
  4. Stay Active.  Keeping active generates heat and helps to keep you warm. It’s good for general fitness and wellbeing too. So when you’re indoors, try not to sit still for more than an hour. Get up and walk around, make yourself a warm drink, and spread any chores throughout the day.
  5. Keep a bag of salt and sand handy at the front or back door. This can prevent ice from forming, keeping steps or paths safe for you and any visitors.

‘It’s also really important that we check in on our older neighbours regularly to make sure they have everything they need. Call in or lift the phone to make sure that an older person you know is warm and well – taking bins out, clearing paths or doing a little extra shopping could be a great help.’

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575