- Avoid touching cold surfaces and objects such as milk bottles and always wear insulated gloves before going into the fridge or freezer. Don’t have ice cold drinks straight from the fridge.
- After a bath leave the water in while you dress - it will give off enough heat to keep you warm.
- If children are playing in the snow encourage them to wear plastic disposable gloves over their woollen ones as getting wet makes the cold worse.
- On a cold evening you can get heat from ironing and a milinium lined ironing board cover will reflect heat and help to keep you warm.
- A hair dryer is useful for warming clothes and shoes before going out, especially when on holiday.
- Stop smoking - cigarette smoking is harmful for everyone and it has been proved that smoking can reduce the temperature by one degree over a twenty minute period.
- Use warm air hand dryers in public places to warm your hands when shopping.
- Keep your clothes and shoes for the next day in the airing cupboard overnight or use a radiator to warm clothing before going outdoors.
- Alcohol in moderation can help to stimulate the circulation but do not mix alcohol with medication.
- Keep doors closed - leaving a door open to talk to the milkman or neighbour can drastically reduce the temperature in your house.
- Use shoulder bags for shopping where possible rather than ones with handles as these can cause restriction of blood to the fingers.
The Association has produced a leaflet giving tips and advice on keeping warm. If you would like a copy of the leaflet, please send an SAE with your request to: RSA, 112 Crewe Road, Alsager, Cheshire ST7 2JA.
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