1st March 2018
“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” Genesis 8:22 (NLT)
Winter is not my favourite time of the year.
This Wednesday during my extended journey of a four-and-a-half-hour commute to work (because of the adverse weather conditions,) I listened in to Classical Radio as requests came in from individuals who had taken a snow day and were either working from home or taken the day off. I gritted my teeth and gripped the steering wheel as I watched the petrol gauge move towards red and my mobile phone lose its charge, thinking, I too could have done well with a snow day and work from home!
However, on Thursday morning when I read the news reporting that commuters had been stranded for up to 16 hours on the motorway, I repented of my complaints about the 4½ hour journey (instead of the usual 40 minutes to an hour) it usually takes me to get into work.
Well, with the freezing weather and snow storms set to go on for a week or more, I thought I would share some tips on keeping safe and warm and looking out for each other’s well-being.
NHS Choices*1cautions that when temperatures drop to below 8°C some people are at increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, flu, pneumonia, fall and injuries, hypothermia and worsening mental health conditions of those suffering from depression and dementia. The risks are greater in older adults and those with long-term health conditions.
Keeping warm at home
NHS Choices posted the following on its website:
- if you’re not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F)
- keep your bedroom at 18°C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed
- during the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18°C
- to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) babies should sleep in rooms heated to between 16°C and 20°C
- if you’re under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18°C, if you’re comfortable
- draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
- get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional