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Safe and Warm Winter Tips

Tips for staying safe and warm in winter

The mission of the Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) is to empower seniors and adults with disabilities to age successfully by providing resources and support that preserve their independence.  The winter can be a particularly dangerous time, as cold weather, illness, snow and ice pose risks to safety.  The County’s Division of Senior and Adult Services would like to share some simple steps residents can take to stay safe and warm this winter.

“Things like stocking up on groceries, staying hydrated and dressing in layers are important first steps" said Tracey N. Mason, the division’s administrator.  "Influenza is rampant in the winter, so those ages 60 and older are urged to get an annual flu shot.  Hypothermia -- a rapid drop in body temperature -- is also something that can create health problems, so limiting your exposure to the outdoors is crucial.”

Other steps include winterizing your home and getting your furnace checked for proper function. Cuyahoga County has resources available, like the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), so seniors do not have to choose between paying heating bills or buying food or medications during the winter months.

When temperatures are at their lowest, County warming centers will be open during the day for those seniors needing a warm place to stay. 

Once you’ve taken steps to protect yourself this winter, check on a friend or neighbor, to make sure they have done the same.  Together, we can stay safe and warm this winter!

20 Tips for Staying Safe and Warm This Winter  

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  • Dress in layers, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Keep active with indoor activities like mall walking.
  • Eat well and stay hydrated.
  • Take your vitamins and get your annual flu vaccination.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food, medications and necessities.
  • Use caution on steps and sidewalks to avoid slipping on ice.
  • When working outdoors, sweating can lead to hypothermia.
  • Get your furnace checked and serviced by a qualified contractor.
  • Find someone to help with snow and ice removal and salting.
  • Try a delivery service for your groceries and medications.
  • Winterize your home by caulking doors and windows.
  • Don’t forget to insulate exterior pipes and attics.
  • Find your home’s water supply shut off and know how to use it.
  • Check your vehicle’s wipers, tires, lights and fluid levels.
  • Maintain a full tank of gas, ice scraper and blanket in your car.
  • If you take a trip, travel by daylight and with a partner.
  • If you use a space heater, make sure it has three feet of clearance.
  • Protect against fire by buying a fire extinguisher.
  • The strain of shoveling snow could cause a heart attack.
  • Have a cold weather buddy to check in with.