winter safety tips

Winter Safety Tips

Winter has been pretty calm so far.  We haven’t had to deal with lots of snow but winter is far from over.  Here are some winter safety tips to keep you and your family safe.Keep an eye out for frostbite. It can come on quickly when the temperature dips.  Make sure you are covering all your extremities. Mittens are better than gloves to prevent frostbite.  Wear a warm hat and make sure your ears are covered.

Watch out for slippery walks and driveways.  Falls can be especially hazardous for the elderly.  Make sure you wear shoes with good traction.  You can always bring your fancy shoes with you to wear once you get to your destination.  Kitty litter and sand are great for adding traction and don’t skimp on the salt to melt the ice.

Be careful when shoveling snow.  Warm up your muscles and take frequent breaks.  Pushing snow is easier than lifting if at all possible. Volunteer to help your older neighbors with their snow removal.

Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home.  With homes being closed up and heating systems working hard, carbon monoxide buildup could be an issue.  Only use heaters approved for indoor use and check the batteries in your detectors twice a year.

Fire can also be an issue with woodstove and fireplace use.  Make sure you have your chimney inspected and cleaned before you start using it.

Keep you and your family safe with these great safety tips.

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