Winter is officially here and with it comes a blizzard of not only fun activities to enjoy but also the need to practice winter safety.
By Melissa Anderson
With the arrival of winter, of course, comes the need to adjust driving practices and carry a winter safety kit and tools. Motorists need to be more aware of the driving surface in case of ice, and before long trips should check the weather, road conditions and the vehicle to be traveled in. This could be the difference between reaching your destination and ending up stranded.
Prepare your vehicle for winter by giving it a thorough check from the tires to the wires. Pack a winter survival kit that includes food, water, warm clothes, blankets, safety flares or reflective devices, flashlights, and necessary emergency tools such as a first aid kit, bag of salt or cat litter, jumper cables, tow rope or tire chains, and matches.
It is not just traveling through winter wonderlands that needs to be considered but even shoveling snow can be dangerous to a person’s health if not done correctly. Some safe shoveling tips include:
• Do not shovel after eating or while smoking
• Take it slow and stretch out before you begin
• Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it’s lighter
• Push the snow rather than lifting it
• If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel
• Lift with your legs, not your back
• Do not work to the point of exhaustion
While working or playing outside be sure to monitor yourself to prevent frostbite or hypothermia.
Follow these tips to have a safe winter. More safety tips can be found online.