The temperature has dropped below freezing, and everyone is trying to stay inside as much as possible. If you are able to avoid the freezing temperatures, here are some simple tips to follow to keep you safe.
Be sure to take extra precautions when driving if there is snow or ice on the ground. Driving in inclement weather is a common cause of car wrecks in the winter, but making simple changes can help keep you and your family safe.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- Take your time when turning.
- Keep a safe following distance between you and the car in front of you.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full.
- Don’t use cruise control in slippery conditions.
- Stay home as much as possible if dangerous ice or snowy conditions are present.
Other winter injuries occur after slip-and-fall incidents. It is important to remember walking in winter conditions can be dangerous, especially when there is melted snow or ice on the ground. A slip-and-fall can cause a number of injuries ranging from head injuries to back injuries. When you are out and about during winter weather, be cautious when walking outside and take it slow!
Lastly, it is important to remember freezing temperatures can be dangerous. Even if there is no snow or ice present, freezing temperatures can cause hypothermia if you are outside for too long. If you do have to do something outdoors, please dress appropriately. Make sure to wear tightly woven clothing, wind-resistant coats or jackets, gloves, hats, scarves, etc. It is also helpful to wear lots of layers and pack hand-warmers.
Whether you are a lover of the winter season or prefer the summer sun, the winter weather is sure to come. Follow these suggestions and tips to be prepared for the chilly temperatures.