Helping us to stay safe this winter
Isolated and vulnerable older people in Renfrewshire are being provided with top tips to stay safe this winter.
Free leaflets packed with advice will be making the rounds courtesy of the Royal Voluntary Service in partnership with SGN.
Tips include keeping an eye on weather forecasts, wearing shoes with a good grip and lots of layers, exercising where possible, having torches and spare batteries to hand and making sure appliances are working at all times.
Royal Voluntary Service chief executive, Catherine Johnstone CBE, 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.
“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 are 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.”
Pamela Goee, head of community at SGN, said: “It is vital people are aware of gas safety, especially in winter.
“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.”