SGN and Royal Voluntary Service promote keeping safe and well in winter
7 December 2017
As the cold weather sets in, we’re working with Royal Voluntary Service to help older people stay safe, warm and well this winter.
We’ve teamed up with the charity to produce a free leaflet offering tips on staying physically and emotionally well, whatever the weather.
Tips on staying safe and well this winter include:
• Make sure gas appliances have a regular service and a gas safety check every 12 months
• Keep torches, a battery powered radio and spare batteries easy to find in case there is an unexpected power cut
• Look out for any warning signs that your gas appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
Pamela Goee, Head of Community at SGN, said: “We’re supporting Royal Voluntary Service because we want to help improve the safety and well-being of older people who are isolated or more vulnerable.
“It’s vital people are aware of gas safety, especially in winter. We’d recommend everyone has a carbon monoxide alarm. Knowing the simple warning signs of carbon monoxide, such as ‘lazy’ yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones or black marks on or around the appliance, could save a life.
“We would also recommend a locking cooker valve which is connected to the existing gas cooker pipework and stops the supply of gas once locked, eliminating the risk of the cooker being unintentionally turned on or left on.
“If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or is worried that fumes containing carbon monoxide are escaping from a gas appliance, they should call the National Gas Emergency Number on 0800 111 999. Lines are open 365 days a year and calls are free.”
Royal Voluntary Service Chief Executive, Catherine Johnstone, said: “As the colder weather sets in, some older people need to start thinking about how they can keep well and preparation plays an important part in that. The Stay Safe, Warm & Well leaflet provides a prompt or reminder for people to find out how to stay well and safe in winter and flags up more about what services are available to them.
“Royal Voluntary Service volunteers can help with things like transport after a stint in hospital or to medical appointments, picking up prescriptions or getting some shopping in if the icy temperatures mean it’s harder than usual for an older person to get out and about.
“We’re also encouraging anyone who has an older neighbour or relative to check on them regularly to make sure they have everything they need to stay happy and healthy during the winter months.”
The Stay Safe, Warm & Well leaflet is also available by calling 0800 731 9197.