The City of Cleveland began its Winter Safety Series Nov. 30 with senior safety tips from the Department of Aging. Director Mary McNamara joined by a member of her staff who is a senior, talked to viewers via Facebook Live about safety tips ranging from slips and falls to heating and traveling.
The Winter Safety Series is a number of Facebook Live videos on the City of Cleveland Facebook page aimed at giving Clevelanders of all ages important information about how to be better prepared for winter and the holidays.
To ensure seniors stay safe this winter, here are some important safety tips from the Department of Aging:
- Get a flu shot – seniors are more susceptible to the flu.
- Always carry a cell phone in case of emergencies. They also recommended carrying a small bag of rock salt or ice melt to prevent slips.
- Keep an Emergency Preparedness Kit at home with warm clothes, food, water, a flashlight, and batteries.
- Stay connected with others and ask for help.
- Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets and bundle up. Do not use ovens to heat your home.
- Replace worn down rubber on the bottoms of walkers and canes to prevent slips.
- Ask neighbors, family, friends, or local youth groups and schools for assistance with shoveling walk ways and driveways.
- Take advantage of Department of Aging resources like Cleveland Care Calls, the Winter Resource Guide, HEAP, and File of Life for a safe and warm winter.
Check out our Facebook every week through the end of the year to learn more from some of our city departments about how to stay safe during the winter. The series will also include conversations with the Division of Fire, Department of Public Utilities, Division of Police, Animal Care & Control and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.