Key tips for a warmer, drier home – English

October 11, 2019

What does Aiga mean to me? Famili to me is everything My Aiga means my heart Everything we do, sort of within the community is with the Whānau and all It’s about hanging out together through the tears and the smiles and supporting our kids Our boys love fishing along with my partner Swimming, going to the parks Everything together, all as one Kia ora, my name is Margaret Walker, Haki and I have owned this house for 10 years and we’ve got 4 children We try our best to keep our home warm and dry in the colder months to stop the kids from getting sick and there’s a few things that we do within the home to do that so nau mai ki tōku whare [come on into my house] and we’ll go and wake up the kids So this is our daughter Shahlin’s room.
Come on, time to get up This is where our boys’ room is Morning guys, come on, get out of bed, good boy So we sleep them on their own beds, on the bunks at opposite ends and on the single bed, obviously at their own end, just to give them their own headspace, so that if they’re coughing and sneezing throughout the night they are not doing it all over one another Get up, time to get up, open your guys’
curtains We make it their job to open the curtains
and windows in the morning The good thing about opening your curtains during the day is that it allows the sun to heat your home for free So up here we have a heat pump, which has a thermostat in it, which is really great, it doesn’t cost as much to use as other heaters do, which is really good for us Let’s go get some breakfast ready, eh So sometimes after a cold night the water
gets on the windows and walls so you can wipe them off with a cloth just so the house doesn’t stay cold and damp Damp air is more expensive to heat so when your house is drier, it’s cheaper and easier to heat Thank you Everyday we open up a couple of windows to let some fresh air in So why do you think we open the windows, son? To let the fresh air in and keep the house healthy Good boy So a few months ago Dylan was tested for strep throat, we think it may have been from them sleeping too close together, it could’ve
led to rheumatic fever So after that we come home and sort of sat down and had a think about things, as to how we can change to make our house warmer, drier and healthier for everybody, and that’s how we like to roll Kids cough and sneeze out germs when they sleep so create as much space as possible between their heads to make it harder for the germs to spread Curtains – open them during the day to let the sun’s heat in, close them just before
sunset to keep the cold night air out If you choose to use alternatives like sheets or lavalava make sure you have a snug fit around the windowframe You might be able to get curtains free or
cheaply from your local curtain bank The right heater for your home can make it easier and cheaper to heat A thermostat keeps the costs down, and your home comfortable 20 degrees is nice and warm when you’re
up, and turn it down to 16 in the bedrooms at night Condensation, or water that has collected
on windows and walls, makes rooms feel damp and can cause mould to grow To help keep your home dry, wipe it off when you see it A dry home is easier and cheaper
to heat Open your windows for at least 20 minutes on fine days and a few minutes every day in winter Bringing fresh air into your home is another great way to help keep your home dry O lo’u igoa o Fesili. [My name is Fesili] O le igoa o lo’u tamā o Melie. [My father’s
name is Melie] O le igoa o lo’u tinā o Falefā. [My mother’s
name is Falefā] My husband and I have been living here for 3 years and we have 7 children To’afitu lo’u fānau. [I have seven children] You all right there son? As you can see, it doesn’t take that much to steam up in here, so I just turn on the extractor fan and I open the window a
little bit to let the steam out You can go and put your ofu on now and get ready for school It’s also very important to open your windows or fa’aaoga extractor fan if you have one as it helps steamy areas from getting damp and mouldy We used to have our portable gas heater, which we no longer use because of its dangerous fumes and it was making our fale damp, but now we have this electric heater and it’s much safer and cheaper to use Another thing that is helpful is having insulation in your home E māfanafana lo’u fale [My house is warm] in winter and it also helps you save money on heating To help prevent dampness and mould, open windows in the kitchen when you cook and in the bathroom when you take a shower or bath, to let steam out Make sure you use your kitchen and bathroom extractor fans if you have them To keep your home warm, choose a heater that is safe and efficient to run Portable gas heaters are expensive to run, create dampness and give out dangerous fumes Insulation is one of the best ways to keep
your home warm. Find out if you have it installed If you don’t, you may qualify to get it
in your home for free Speak to EECA, your council or your landlord to check your options Malo e lelei. My name is Noelini I’m from Kolonga, Tongatapu. My mali and I, Paola we’ve been living here in this home for approximately 14 years This is my lounge and this is where we all like to hang out during the evenings This is my husband Paul and these are my beautiful children The problem with this room is that there is cold air that comes down through the bottom here, and how I fix that is by getting a draft stopper, and placing it there to stop the cold air from coming through If you don’t have a draft stopper, you can roll up a dry towel and place it there, and that will stop the draft from coming in It’s really important to stop the drafts from coming under the door and through the windows because it helps to keep our house warm Something that likes damp areas is mould, it builds up around the windows and on the walls As soon as you see it, it’s really important
to clean it off straight away To make up the solution you just add one capful of bleach to every litre of water If you don’t have bleach, you can also use
vinegar to get rid of the mould Whatever you use, leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse it off with warm soapy water When you can, hang your washing out in the sun or in the carport, garage that way it will keep your house dry and it will be less expensive to heat So there you go, those are a few things we do to keep our house warm and dry All right guys, bags off please Remember to always close your curtains at night and get that heating going Well done boys To stop cold air getting into your home, stop draughts around doors, windows and fireplaces Use a draught stopper or an old rolled-up
towel You can buy weather stripping to stop draughts around windows from hardware stores Bleach or white vinegar will remove mould from ceilings and walls Mould grows in damp and wet places and can affect your family’s health To help keep the damp out of your home, dry your washing outside, or in the garage or carport This is how we roll Each of these key tips will help to keep your home warmer, drier, and healthier for your family, and reduce the cost of heating Thank you to all the wonderful organisations, families and individuals who helped develop this video Sore throats can lead to rheumatic fever and heart damage Every time your child has a sore throat, please, get them checked by a doctor or nurse as soon as possible If they’re given antibiotics, make sure
they take them for the full 10 days, even if they feel better There are now more than 300 Sore Throat Clinics across most of the North Island, who provide free assessment and treatment to children and young people aged 4-19 You can find a clinic by calling Healthline
on 0800 611 116, or visiting this website If you’re not sure what to do, call Healthline for advice For more information about preventing rheumatic fever visit this website

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