Free help and advice for North Lincolnshire residents on keeping warm and well at home
As the wintry weather continues, the charity Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council (HWRCC) is offering free help and advice to North Lincolnshire residents on keeping warm and well in their home, and encouraging them to help protect their friends, family and neighbours from the effects of the cold
The severe weather causes problems for all of us but especially for older and vulnerable people. The cold weather we are experiencing may lead to a stay in hospital or even worse, claim the life of someone with heart or breathing problems.
As the weather continues to bite, councils, health services and charities are working hard to ensure people who are most at risk get the advice they need to stay safe and warm.
In these prolonged periods of cold residents are being encouraged to help the elderly and vulnerable by ensuring they follow simple messages and take actions to stay warm and well in their homes.
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HWRCC recommends simple actions to protect against harm to health caused by being cold. Hot meals and drinks to give extra warmth, wearing lots of thin layers to trap warmth from the body between layers, ensuring rooms in the house are warm especially the those where most of the day is spent and in the bedroom.
Peter Hirschfeld, HWRCC's Calor free energy advice project officer, said: "Every year we have people who are ill or who lose their lives because of the cold weather.
"This is worsened when the weather is as bad as we are experiencing now and simply spending a couple of minutes checking older neighbours and family members are keeping warm, eating hot meals and have a supply of their medications is vital.
"Fuel bills can be a concern for many people living in villages not connected to the mains gas network, especially for those on fixed incomes.
"Sometimes people may use inefficient or dangerous methods to keep warm in order to save money such as using the gas cooker to heat a room. This is not only expensive but also is a risk to health through carbon monoxide poisoning."
"A great way of helping family members and neighbours could be to simply offer to program their heating timers and set them to an adequate temperature as this will save money and keep their homes warm and comfortable."
Any residents concerned about keeping their home warm this winter, particularly those residents living in off mains gas areas, can access help and advice by visiting the HWRCC web site www.hwrcc.org.uk or contacting Peter on 01430 430904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.