With Christmas 2012 fast approaching the questions foremost is all of our minds are “will we be having a white Christmas?” and “will there be snow?” For many people around the world the answer will most likely be no, however we can all live in hope.
Despite snow being synonymous with Christmas and a desirable situation for many of us, it can, on the other hand, cause severe problems for the vulnerable and older members of the population. The news of forecasted snow can create vast amounts of anxiety for such people who are often isolated, dependent and in need of constant support and care.
Although the likelihood of a white Christmas is quite improbable, it is still important that proactive precautions are in place to ensure a safe, happy and enjoyable holiday season for everyone involved.
With this in mind, below highlights a few tips that are sure to keep you warm this winter and for many winters to come.
Heating the Home
Living within a cold, dull and damp home can have a significantly negative impact on the occupant’s health. Alternatively, keeping warm can help prevent colds, flu and serious health conditions such as pneumonia.
To ensure warmth this holiday season it is imperative to keep your home cozy through the implementation of central heating, electric blankets, hot water bottles, a safely lit open fireplace and for those living in rural locations cheap heating oil.
Furthermore those who are retired, elderly and in need of support might be entitled to government assistance in the form of a financial grant. Those living in the UK can receive up to a £200 allowance towards the cost of heating.
Wrap up Warm
Although novelty Christmas jumpers may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they do keep you warm. Trends in recent years have seen the re-emergence of cheesy traditional jumpers that are now almost seen as fashionable. Such items of clothing don’t have to break the bank as there are now many affordable options available among mainstream high-street retailers.
If you are venturing out this holiday season make sure your warm clothing includes additional accessories such as gloves, scarf and a hat. Covering your head is of vital importance due to the fact 50% of your body’s heat escapes from the top of your head.
To conclude although the cost of heating and keeping warm can be seen as a burden to many, it is a necessity that cannot be overlooked; you cannot put a price on good health.