Staying Safe in Winter Weather: Driving in the Snow & More
Winter weather definitely has its good points: sledding, hot chocolate and snow days are just a few of winter’s many perks. But winter weather can also cause unpleasant safety hazards like icy roads and freezing temperatures. To safely deal with nasty winter weather, it’s important to be prepared and take the appropriate precautions. Use the following tips for winter activities like driving in the snow, shoveling snow and more to stay safe and healthy this season:
- Driving in the Snow
- Keep an emergency kit in your car. Fill plastic storage bags with items like flares, water bottles and non-perishable snacks such as nuts, granola bars or dried fruit. Also make sure to keep a first aid kit, ice scraper and extra blankets in your trunk.
- Take your care in for a check-up if you haven’t in a while. You don’t want to break down in a snow storm or negative temperatures.
- Keep your gas tank full in case of traffic delays or jams.
- Dressing for the Cold
- Check the weather every morning so that you are prepared to dress appropriately. Dress in layers to prevent frostbite and make sure to always carry a warm pair of gloves or mittens and a hat.
- Invest in snow or rain boots with good traction to avoid slipping and falling on icy patches.
- Shoveling Snow
- Shoveling snow is essentially a weight lifting exercise, so be sure to warm up and stretch before you start to prevent injury.
- As with any exercise, sure to stay hydrated and take breaks if you feel like you need to.
- If possible, shovel snow when it’s fresh instead of packed. Fresh snow will be easier to push forward, which is better for your back than lifting it off the ground. If you do have to lift snow, lift with your legs and not your back.
- Playing Winter Sports
- Wear a helmet if you’re ice skating, snowboarding or skiing. Helmets will protect you against head injuries that are easy to get in the winter when everything is icy.
- Again, layering is important for exercising in the cold weather. If you get too hot, you can always remove a layer or two.
- Losing Power
- To be prepared for a loss of power during a snowstorm, keep flashlights, matches, candles, space heaters and extra batteries for any battery-powered appliances around the house.
- Stock up on bottled water in case the pipes freeze, along with foods like bread, crackers, cereal and canned foods that don’t need to be cooked.
Being prepared for winter weather conditions will allow you to handle whatever the season throws at you. Follow these tips and you’ll have no problem keeping your family safe all winter long.