Home Care Safety: Global Wind Day

Home Care in Hopewell NJ

Home Care in Hopewell NJJune 15 is Global Wind Day. While this day was designed as a day to raise awareness of alternative forms of energy and all of the benefits of wind power, this day can take on different meaning for your aging parent. The summer months in particular are known for severe weather conditions that could put your aging parent at serious risk. Though you might immediately think of dangers such as heavy rains, flooding, and lightning as being the primary dangers of weather during the summer, high winds can also be extremely dangerous and lead to property loss and serious injury. Making sure that your parent understands the potential risks of high winds and knows how to stay safe can give you peace of mind that they will be able to get through the warm weather months more safely and healthily.

Use these tips to help your parent learn high wind safety:

• Remain aware of weather conditions. It is important that your parent stay aware of the potential for serious weather in their area so that they can respond properly and promptly if there is a threat. Be sure that there is a radio available in their home so that even if there is a power outage your parent or their home care provider can stay aware of the developing weather circumstances and make decisions for preparations.

• Prepare the outdoor property. High winds can cause very serious property damage that can put your parent at further risk of personal injury. If there is a threat of high winds, it is important that you take the time to prepare your parent’s property. This will help prevent property loss as well as the potential for dangerous situations such as objects going through windows. Bring as many loose items such as lawn furniture, lawn care equipment, gardening tools, and decorations inside as possible. Store them in a shed or garage that closes securely so that they do not get lifted away by the high winds. Secure any items that cannot be brought inside as best you can.

• Consider landscaping changes. If high winds are common during the summer in your parent’s area, consider contacting a lawn care professional and discussing changes to their landscaping that would help to keep the lawn safer during periods of high wind. This might include cutting back tree limbs that could become airborne or removing larger plants all together.

• Be aware of power safety. One of the greatest dangers of high wind situations is the downing of power lines. If electrical lines go down, they can create a truly treacherous situation. Be sure that your parent knows never to go near a downed power line and the number to call to report such a situation. They should also never touch anything that is in contact with a downed power line. This includes objects such as cars or standing water, as these can become electrified by the contact and cause very serious injury on contact.

Source
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/wind/
https://weather.com/news/what-high-winds-20120330

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Hopewell, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Alpine Home Care. In PA call 888-743-0068 . In NJ call (855) 410-1404.

Tom Smith, President & CEO

Tom Smith, President & CEO

President and CEO at Alpine Home Care
Tom Smith is Alpine Home Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer with over 25 years of well-rounded strategic, operations and management experience at public and private healthcare companies in the following
areas – hospice and home health care, medical devices, medical equipment, infusion therapy and behavioral
health, in addition to positions at major health systems and large acute-care Integrated Delivery Networks
(IDNs).
Tom Smith, President & CEO