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No matter where you live, bad or unexpected weather is bound to happen. With our recent winter storm, flooding, and upcoming spring storm season, here is a quick guide for protecting seniors around their homes and out-and-about.
POWER OUTAGES. Whether it’s a winter storm, during a flood, or tornado season ─ snow, ice, rain, and wind can cause power outages.Here is how to prepare a senior for those occurrences:
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. Burning wood, natural gas, kerosene, and other fuels produces carbon monoxide, a deadly gas that no one can see or smell. Unless fireplaces, wood and gas stoves, and gas appliances are properly vented, cleaned, and used, they can leak dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide. These and other appliances, such as kerosene and electric heaters, can also be fire hazards. Here are some sound safety measures you can take:
DRIVING TIPS. Adults 65 and older are involved in more car accidents per mile driven than those in any other age group. Because driving can be more hazardous during bad weather, seniors should:
SLIPPERY SURFACES. Falls are common for senior citizens and can cause major injuries such as hip and wrist fractures, head trauma, and major lacerations. It is easy to slip and fall, especially in wet, icy, and snowy conditions, but here are some precautions that can be taken:
With a sound plan in place, seniors can be properly prepared for inclement weather. Visit our local Dade County Senior Center to learn more about how you can help keep your loved ones safe during inclement weather and for programs available to assist you in caring for your elderly loved ones.