Winter usually means two things– cold weather and high fuel
Age UK estimate that
200 people will die every day this winter as a result of the cold, 90% of these
being the elderly. As
the temperatures drop, keeping warm can become a problem- particularly with
rising fuel prices. Many prefer to grin and bear the cold conditions in order
to limit cost of heating the home, sometimes with fatal consequences.
The UK government currently estimates that over 4m UK
households suffer from ‘Fuel Poverty’ during the winter months. The government
is considering further cuts to the Winter Fuel Payment, which is a lifeline to
many and which led to Dot Gibson, general secretary of the National Pensioners'
Convention, calling winter deaths amongst older people a “national scandal”.
There are even suggestions that people are being faced with the dilemma to heat
Survival blankets, using NASA technology, have been around
for many years and have saved many lives. A company called Enviro-Pod has taken
the technology and created a blanket which can be used in the home or when
travelling and is guaranteed to keep a person warm in the coldest conditions,
Cosy Pod is potentially a life saver.
Cosy Pod is a blanket made from revolutionary thermal
reflective material, originally developed by NASA; Flectalon. Independently
proven in studies by the University of Bristol, Flectalon is an extremely
efficient insulation material, which combines trapped-air thermal insulation
with multiple mirror finish surfaces. It effectively reflects infra-red back
onto the person wrapped within the blanket, ensuring that the core temperature
is maintained and that the Cosy Pod user feels warm and comfortable, without
having to use as much fuel to heat their homes.
The Cosy Pod is particularly effective as it does not require
a high external temperature, but reflects a massive 95% of the body heat of the
person wrapped inside the blanket back onto them. A testament to the
effectiveness of the Cosy Pod material is that it has been used and endorsed in
extreme survival conditions, with blankets having been used in sub-zero
temperatures. A North Sea diving company use Flectalon due to its superior
insulation in freezing conditions. The Emergency services also use the blankets
for mountain rescue work.
Ideal for the elderly who are particularly vulnerable to cold
weather, the blankets are also perfect for use in the car while travelling, for
wheelchairs and pushchairs, at picnics or outdoor concerts or for those in
Cosy Pods are highly durable, meaning that the one-off
payment has the potential to provide insulation and warmth for many winters to
come. In comparison to the cost of keeping the heating on for even just an hour
more a day, the Cosy Pod is a far more viable cost-effective solution, and a
sound investment. Currently available in a neutral beige/brown colour, the
blankets are finished in a suede-type material, making them ideal bed or chair
throws when not being used.
Cosy Pod is lightweight and easy to store, but very hard
wearing, machine washable and is of high quality UK manufacturing.
To find out more about Cosy Pod, please phone 01603 702374 or
visit our website www.enviro-pod.co.uk