How to Avoid Winter-Related Accidents
Another winter of discontent is almost upon us, bringing blustery weather conditions and an increased risk for personal injuries and accidents. Preventing winter-related accidents and injuries is possible if you follow these tips from Pegalis Law Group, LLC to keep yourself safe and healthy this season.
Slip-and-Falls in Icy Weather Outside Can Be Frightful
When the weather turns colder, ice and snow aren’t usually far behind the plummeting temperatures. Every winter, thousands of people slip and fall on icy porches or snow-covered sidewalks. Ice is difficult to see in sunlight, let alone when it’s dark outside. What looks like a harmless puddle of water could be a slippery sheet of ice in disguise. If you have the misfortune of slipping and falling on ice, you could experience a twisted ankle, broken bone, severe bruising, back injury, or even a traumatic head or brain injury caused by a concussion if you hit your head hard enough on the pavement. Here are some tips to prevent slip-and-falls this winter:
- Wear appropriate footwear for icy or snowy conditions
- Don’t be in a rush – give yourself plenty of time to get there
- Treat high-traffic areas like the porch and driveway with de-icer
- Take smaller steps and shorter strides, so you have less room to fall
- Carry your cellphone with you in case you need to call 911 for help
Avoiding Cardiac & Back Issues Caused by Shoveling Snow
Shoveling snow becomes necessary to keep paths clear of snow and ice, but it can also be the culprit for many severe injuries, repetitive strains, and even life-threatening cardiac events. Always warm up your body before beginning shoveling. Jogging in place, running up and down some stairs, or stretching can help you prevent strain on your heart or muscles. Be sure to use the correct shoveling technique – push the snow (not lift it), bend with your knees, and lift with your legs. Consider investing in an ergonomic shovel that is easier to hold and lighter in weight. Remember to stay hydrated, take breaks often, and listen to your body’s signals of pain or overactivity. Depending on your age and health, it might be prudent to pay someone else to handle your snow shoveling duties this winter if you can.
Preventing Car Accidents Caused by Inclement Weather
Many of us do not have the luxury of skipping work during inclement weather. If you must commute during snowy or icy weather, it’s essential to take certain precautions to avoid car accidents. Always give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go, accounting for extra traffic and slower speeds. Driving at a reduced speed limit and increasing the distance between yourself and others will give you more reaction time in the event of skidding or sliding on the road. Removing snow or ice from your car’s windshield, roof, hood, and rear before you take off will improve your visibility. Before winter hits, have your vehicle inspected to ensure it’s winter-ready by testing the battery, adding antifreeze, checking or rotating the tires, or installing new windshield wiper blades. Always use the appropriate turn signals and avoid driving while distracted. If you follow these tips, you can prevent many potential driving hazards.
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Pegalis Law Group, LLC is a New York-based law firm focused on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. For nearly 50 years, we have worked hard to educate people about being proactive about their health. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive additional tips on keeping you and those you love safe and healthy year-round.