Senior Safety During the Holidays

Safety Tips

senior citizens, ChristmasWhether your loved ones or neighbors are getting older or you’ve reached that 65 years-or-older milestone yourself, senior citizen holiday safety is imperative. Winter brings an increased chance of home safety issues with the addition of decorative lights and heating challenges. Depression and the chance for slips and falls can also be unfortunate side effects of the season. How can you keep yourself or a senior loved one safe?

Holiday Decorating Safety

Holiday decorations are so cheery that they seem harmless! However, many hazards arise from having a Christmas tree and lights around your home.

Beware of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

It’s tempting to find creative ways to heat the indoors during a power outage or to try to warm up the house a few more degrees. However:

Monitor Loneliness

It’s very easy for retirees just to stay indoors when the weather is colder. But, an important part of maintaining senior citizen holiday safety also includes well-being: beware of the winter blues!

Increased Health Complications

You know you need to lift with your knees when shoveling snow and take care not to slip on icy surfaces, but the physical perils of winter go beyond that. Comfortkeepers.com explains,

Persons over age 65 — especially those with a history of high blood pressure and heart disease — should leave snow shoveling to others. The combination of strenuous work and blood vessels constricted by the cold air raises the risk of heart attack. Falls and severe muscle strains are also risks.

Wear shoes or boots with excellent tread to prevent falls. But what else can you do to keep yourself safe while leaving your home or doing outside chores?

Heeding to these senior citizen holiday safety precautions can help keep the season bright. Show you care and keep yourself, loved ones and neighbors safe and secure this season.

Protect Your Loved Ones

If a senior in your life has fire or water damage this season, PuroClean is ready to help 24/7.

Last edited on 4th of November 2017