Winter is a great time to curl up with a good book and a favorite sweater while enjoying the comforts of home, but you must also be ready for the cold temperatures. Here are a few tips from LiveLawrenceLife.com to help you stay safe and healthy.
Home maintenance matters. To ensure safety at home check to see all outdoor railings are secure and walkways are free of wobbly paving stones or bricks. And have a snow shovel handy.
Keep yourself (and your wallet) warm. A little chill may not only have a negative effect on your health, it can also be a symptom of a home-energy leak that could make your utility bills higher than necessary. Consider using draft guards under entry doors, window insulation kits, seals for unused fireplaces, and reversing ceiling fans to push hot air near the ceiling down.
Pile on the layers. Dressing in layers and using blankets and sweaters is a good way to keep warm without spending extra to keep the house at an ideal heat. It also helps your body stay warm when you’re out and about. When you do venture outside have a good pair of no-skid shoes to wear to help prevent falls.
Open the curtains. It may seem counterproductive to have the curtains wide open when you’re trying to save on heat and energy costs, yet letting sunlight in provides free heat and helps combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD.) With a brighter home you’ll feel more motivated and energetic during the winter months.
Keep moving. Winter is an important time to be active as exercise boosts immunity, mood and energy levels. Lawrence has many opportunities to be active during winter with dance classes, an indoor aquatic center, and the free indoor walking track and gym at Sports Pavilion Lawrence.
Safe driving. Prepare for winter by packing an emergency kit for your car with 2 blankets, nuts or granola bars, water, a flashlight, extra washer fluid, and a small shovel. A cell phone, charger, and full gas tank are also key to safe travel. Always remember to back your car completely out of the garage before warming it up as even an open garage can create dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
Have a plan. With the possibility of a winter power-outage, it’s important to have several days’ supply of nonperishable food such as tuna, peanut butter, granola bars, nuts, and canned fruit. Keep a manual can opener handy. Keep flashlights, extra batteries, candles, and a battery operated radio in an easy to find location.
Be ready to enjoy this winter season. Stephens’ Pinterest page has ideas to help you prepare. Visit pinterest.com/stephensreks, and look for our Winter Tips board.