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Winter Health and Safety

  • 15th Jan 2015

Winter Health and Safety

If it is your first winter in your residential park home or if you have lived onsite for a while now, there is a lot you can do to ‘winterize' your home. Not forgetting to keep the park home toasty when the cold weather finally strikes. From stocking up on supplies to avoid the winter road traffic to investing in insulation, if not already present, preparing your park home for winter is just one way to follow appropriate health and safety measures.    

Winter comes with a whole list of hazards, from slips, trips and falls to risks on the road. Staying safe this winter should be made a priority and to help you keep up your health this winter, we have compiled a few health and safety tips below. 

Preventing Carbon Monoxide

One of the biggest dangers that arises during winter is carbon monoxide poisoning. With heat sources like gas boilers and several other fuel-burning apparatus', the possibility of a leak of carbon monoxide is increased significantly. However, there are a few prevention methods you can take in order to reduce the risk of poisoning; these have been listed below.

Detectors

One of the best ways to prevent carbon monoxide from causing acute damage to you and your loved ones is to fit a few detectors in your park home. As carbon monoxide is an odourless, tasteless and invisible gas, there is no room for error. You should get this professionally fitted to avoid any mistakes during the installation process. This can offer peace of mind during the biting cold months.

Regular Checks

If you use any gas-based appliances, it is strongly recommended to have these checked on an annual basis. You should also keep the equipment in good condition and well-maintained. If you spot any alarming indications of carbon monoxide, call an expert immediately. Common warning signs have been listed below. 

- Black stains, commonly sooty, either on or around apparatus

- Large amount of condensation

- Extended symptoms of illness (normally flu-like). 

Keeping Warm

Staying warm is crucial during the winter and if you don't want to send your heating bill sky high, here are a few ways to keep warm when the temperature drops. 

Layers

Possibly one of the best ways to stay warm is to make sure that you wear plenty of layers. Layering clothing can help to banish those winter chills as well as keeping the heat in and the cold air out. In addition, layering clothing is completely free, meaning that you won't need to splash out on heating bills during the day this winter. 

Windows

This may seem obvious but you'll be surprised how many forget to shut their windows after a quick circulation of cool air. Making sure all of the windows are shut and investing in thick curtains for improved insulation are two great ways to keep the air warm and you even warmer. 

Rugs

If you don't have a carpet in your park home and you want to stick with your traditional stone floor setting, a rug can make a wonderful addition, not to mention a warming alternative. Rugs are said to help to prevent a huge amount of heat loss as well as being a lot warmer to walk on too. 

These are just a few tips for keeping warm and staying safe this winter in your residential park home. Do you have any more you would like to share?

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