Winter safety for seniors

The winter months can be a difficult and dangerous time for anyone living in an area of the country where temperatures regularly fall below freezing. The frail and elderly are especially susceptible to such hazards as icy streets, exposure to cold and inadequate home heating.

If you or someone you know is over the age of 65 or in some way disabled and living alone, it is important to safeguard against the most common causes of cold weather death and injury.

Be prepared for the cold and make sure your heating system is checked annually for possible problems. Also, make sure you have plenty of blankets, candles, working flashlights and an emergency supply of canned goods in the event of a power outage.

Watch your steps following a snowfall, stay clear of unshoveled sidewalks and hilly terrain. If you’re unsure whether or not a sidewalk is slippery, proceed with caution, walking with your toes pointed outward, taking short, flat steps.

Avoid mistakes that could cause home fires keep clothing, curtains and blankets away from space heaters. Never use kerosene heaters or stoves to heat your home. Make sure all your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order throughout your home.

For more information, please call 203-531-1335 or visit

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