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Safety Corner -- Winter Safety

Updated: Jan 4


It's hard to believe that after a mild fall, the winter weather has finally arrived. There are many safety issues that are weather related; ice, snow, slips, falls, and hypothermia. Here are a few of the ways you can make winter safer and more enjoyable.


Prepare your vehicle: This should be done before the snow flies. Make sure your tires have enough tread – this will help with less slipping and sliding. Maintain your antifreeze levels and try to keep the gas tank as full as possible. Not only will you have less chance of ice forming in the tank, but if you are caught in a traffic jam, you should not run out of gas! Keep some kitty litter in your trunk to help get out of any icy situation and keep a blanket or towel in the trunk also. Both blanket and towel can be used to keep you warm and help get your car moving if it is stuck. Please check out this sight for more information: htsa.gov/winter-driving-tips


 

Avoiding slips, trips, and falls: Make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear in slippery conditions. Walk like a penguin! Take small, shuffling steps with knees slightly bent and point your feet out. When leaving your car, open the door and scan the area for ice and snow—snow could cover the ice. Put your foot out and test for ice, then slowly exit the vehicle, walking like a penguin as you go to your destination. Check out this site for more information, https://blog.msasafety.com/winter-safety-tips-10-ways-to-prevent-slips-trips-and-falls/

 

Preventing hypothermia: Dress warmly, wearing loose-fitting layers that will hold your body heat. Stay dry and remove any wet clothing. Make sure you cover all exposed skin like your face and hands. Carry a cell phone when outside. See this website for advice on what to do if you suspect hypothermia. https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/hypothermia-treatment

Signs of Hypothermia:

  • Confusion

  • Shivering

  • Difficulty speaking

  • Sleepiness

  • Stiff muscles


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