It’s time for some outdoor fun!  Winter can be a busy season with travel, winter working, or enjoying winter sports and recreation.  These activities can certainly bring joy and excitement, but there are also some safety hazards you’ll want to be aware of and prepare for.  Take a look at our top tips to keep you, your family, and your home safe this winter season.

Home Safety

  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways.
  • Keep pathways to your home clear of snow and ice and well lit for easy visibility.
  • Use sand, salt, or other deicing agents for icy areas.
  • Take proper precautions when shoveling or snow blowing. Wear proper attire, stay hydrated, and work slowly.  Do not overexert yourself.
  • Avoid water damage by properly caring for pipes and winterizing your home.
  • Take precautions against carbon monoxide poisoning. Check your detectors monthly.  Replace batteries twice a year.  Don’t use heaters that have not been approved for indoor use.  Keep areas well ventilated and be sure to start vehicles outside of the garage.
  • Keep all holiday chords and lights away from water. Only use battery-operated candles for decoration.

Snow Play Safety

  • Wear proper attire for warmth including coats, inner layers of light, warm clothes, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  • Periodically move indoors for warmth to prevent hypothermia or frostbite.
  • When skiing, snowboarding, sledding, or playing hockey, be sure to use proper gear, like a helmet, and learn the basic skills needed to be safe.
  • Wear sunscreen and stay hydrated, especially children.
  • Stay dry. Wet clothes spread cold very quickly and can lead to hypothermia.
  • When doing outside recreation have a buddy and carry an emergency kit.
  • Carry a cell phone if possible.

Recognize & Respond to Health Dangers

  • Frostbite is when parts of your body freeze. It can cause permanent body damage.  Watch for signs including numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, and firm or waxy skin.
  • Hypothermia is having a very low body temperature. Anything below 95 degrees is an emergency.  Watch for shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness.
  • These situations are emergencies and require quick action and first aid as quickly as possible.

Check-in With Those Most at Risk

  • Wintertime conditions can be dangerous, especially for those most vulnerable like young children, older adults, and the ill. Be ready to check in on friends, family, or neighbors who may be at risk during weather hazards like floods, snow, or ice.
  • Bring pets inside during storms or extreme weather conditions.

Safe Travels

  • When traveling always be aware of present and future weather forecasts.
  • Avoid traveling when advisories are in effect.
  • Properly prepare your car for winter weather and follow suggested protocols to stay safe.
  • Avoid water damage while you’re away by having a neighbor, friend, or family member check on your home. Turning off your water is also suggested to avoid leaks and possible flooding while you’re away.

We want you to have a great holiday and winter season.  By taking proper precautions and preparing for possible safety hazards you will be ready to enjoy all the fun, festivities, travel, and activities winter has to offer.

 

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Additional References & Resources:

https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-sqD2cep5gIVhK_sCh1cfQmwEAAYASAAEgLDDfD_BwE

https://www.safekids.org/blog/winter-coming-cold-weather-safety-checklist

https://www.cdc.gov/features/winterweather/index.html

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