Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season.
During the winter months we see weather related cases like slips and falls, strained muscles and exposure to the elements. Here are some tips to stay safe during the winter months.
Slips and Falls
- Be sure to wear appropriate shoes and winter gear
- Always assume all areas where you walk have not been treated, be careful
- Slow down and take your time and carry less in your hands
Snow Removal Tips
- Give yourself plenty of time and do not rush, moving too quickly could lead to back pain, strained muscles or other injuries. To prevent soreness try stretching before shoveling.
- Lift with your knees and not your back, let your arms and legs do the heavy lifting. It may also help to push the snow into a pile rather than throwing it off to the side.
Take breaks and stay hydrated. Hard work outside in cold weather can be exhausting. Don’t push yourself too hard and be sure to replenish with fluids. It helps to keep up with the storm instead of waiting until all the snow has fallen.
Snow Blower Safety
- You should not wear loose fitting clothing when operating a snow blower. Pants, jackets and scarves can easily become tangled in the moving parts.
- Be sure to remove door mats, newspapers and other objects that may be in the path to avoid clogging and damaging the machine.
- Don’t ever put your hands or feet inside a snow blower even if the machine is turned off.
- Use a cleaning tool to unclog the snow blower and be sure to turn the machine off before attempting to clear it. Use the correct extension cords and a grounded outlet if you are using an electric blower.
Don’t start your gas-powered snow blower in an enclosed area, even if the door is open. This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Staying safe on the Road
- Check all your fluid levels, lights and other parts of the car to be sure everything is in proper working order. Pay special attention to your antifreeze levels, battery and tires.
- Update emergency kits, include a shovel, windshield scraper, flashlight, blankets, first aid kit, and other supplies in case a break down or accident.
Take extra time to get to your destination. People often don’t take weather into account with planning their day, so make sure you remember to plan ahead and leave a little early to make it on time and safe.
Posted on January 16, 2017