4 Tips to Stay Safe This Winter
It’s that time of year again! The air is brisk, the birds have flown south, and white flakes may fall from the sky at any time. Winter is a magical time, but it is also a time of danger. In this cold weather, there are some hazards that you need to be aware of to stay safe!
Here are four simple tips to be safer this season:
If you are going outside, make sure you are prepared. Have your hat, scarf, mittens, and heavy coat on to ensure you are not exposed to the elements. According to the Mayo Clinic, people of older age are most vulnerable to extreme temperatures and this can quickly become a medical emergency. If you have to be outside, make it as brief as possible to limit your risk.
Watch your step
Freezing temperatures and snowfall means that typically safe sidewalks can become a source of accidents and inconveniences. Give crews time to shovel and salt sidewalks before you venture outside. Seemingly dry spots can be deceiving. There may be a small layer of ice that can be slick. If there are handrails, use them to help prevent a nasty spill.
Snow plow drivers do their best to clear the roads, but even they will tell you that roads after a snow or ice storm are never perfectly safe. While driving, proceed with caution. When in doubt, do not drive in questionable conditions unless absolutely necessary.
Ask for help
Do not be afraid to reach out to neighbors, friends and loved ones. They will be more than willing to help in the event of inclement weather. They would rather help you than find out later that you put yourself at risk.
This can be a beautiful time of year, but it’s a time to be vigilant. So bundle up, watch your step, drive with caution, and always ask for help when you need it.
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