Tips for staying safe this winter

Most of us are starting to feel the cold. While there’s things to be thankful for in winter – the warm nights in bed, better sleep and cosy indoor get-togethers – winter can also be a time where we battle to keep up our immunity while experiencing a lack of safety, motivation and mobility.

If you’re over 50, it’s important to take extra care when preparing to stay safe during the colder months. Statistics show that older people are at highest risk of bad health in winter and that the risk of fires in the home are higher with the frequent use of heaters and electric blankets.

Stay Fire Safe

Make sure you check the durability of heaters, electric blankets and other electrical devices before winter, either by calling an electrician or friend to check and install safety trip switches (if not installed by the manufacturer). Also stay hyper-vigilant to turn them off when not in use. Gas heaters should also be serviced every two years to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.^

It’s also important to never keep flammable materials near the heater, including cleaning build-ups of dust away from heated areas. When thinking about fire safety also make sure to have a fire escape plan, with two obstruction-free exits always available for escape in case of fire.

Boost your Immunity

We all know to stay warm in winter, but it’s worth making sure you have adequate clothing before the temperature drops further. Multiple layers on all parts of your body, blankets and warm clothing for various occasions, including outdoor-wear and night time thermals, are important steps to take to make sure your immunity doesn’t become vulnerable. You may also want to get your flu-shot soon as a precaution to protect from illness.

When it comes to staying warm at home, it’s necessary to make sure the hot air doesn’t escape, meaning that doors and openings shouldn’t be left open. Eating well and staying physically active are also important during winter to boost our immunity, even though it can be easy to get lazy when the cold makes it more uncomfortable to care well for ourselves. Lastly, make sure to check on those around you, including relatives and neighbours, for signs and symptoms of serious illness, including hypothermia.

Looking for support to live a healthier life this winter? Contact us on 1300 002 262, or from our contact page, to enquire about our services.

* Aged Care Guide 2022, ‘Keeping warm and safe this winter’, accessed May 2022, <>.

^AccessCare 2022, ‘Staying warm in the cold’, accessed May 2022, <>.