How To Avoid Falls And Accidents During Winter

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tumblr_n0n4r7qznN1slhhf0o1_1280Stay Safe This Winter

Snow is lovely and can effectively make an old brick house look like it came straight from a Thomas Kinkade painting. However, the below freezing temperatures do not make for safe roads and sidewalks; every twist and turn may be a potential slippery situation that can cause serious personal injury. Whether you are walking or driving, it takes a high level of caution and defensive driving to prevent accidents. Try the following tips to keep yourself safe from broken bones or worse.

On The Road

  1. Use the loose-steering technique. When driving over ice on the road, shift to neutral and slowly guide the wheels back to their original position.
  2. Don’t rely on cruise control. Winter is not the best time to use cruise control, no matter how tempting it can be. Switch it off and make use of the gas pedal so you can control the car’s speed and your brakes better. You need to be able to make gentle brakes or else the wheels will lock at each stop and also to prevent skidding.
  3. Turn on your headlights even during daytime. When the sun is covered for most part of the day, headlights can help increase your visibility while driving and also your visibility to other drivers.  
  4. Be aware of snowplows, salt trucks, and maintenance vehicles. These vehicles may hinder your visibility because of the space they take up on the road. Double your following distance to give yourself time to react in case of anything unexpected.
  5. Keep an emergency kit in the car. An accident may occur anytime so it is better to have an emergency kit ready just in case.

At Home

  1. Salt your walkways and driveways. You do not need to wait until after the snow has fallen. Do this beforehand especially when you hear a forecast of an incoming bad weather.
  2. Use handrails and mind your stance. Watch what you are stepping on and avoid icy patches. To help you balance your body better, keep a wide gait when walking.
  3. Prepare for power outages. As sure as Christmas comes, a number of winter storms arrive during this season so have your house emergency kit ready. Have at least one jug of water for each family member, nonperishable foods, blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, and a first-aid kit.
  4. Be careful when climbing a ladder. When it is absolutely necessary to use the ladder to decorate the house or to clean the gutter, make sure to place the ladder on solid ground. Designate someone to be your spotter in case you slip or fall.
  5. Keep the floors dry. When coming in with wet shoes, you may be spreading water all over the floor and make it slippery. Place rugs near the main door and have a spot to place the shoes. When cleaning, make sure to use a dry cloth and remove the wetness on the floor.

And the best advice during a winter storm is to STAY HOME. Snuggle up under the blanket or sip a cup of hot chocolate. That’s absolutely the best way to take advantage of the cold season.

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Andrea Barnes is a home-cleaning specialist and gives advice on how to live in a clean, comfortable home while staying in budget.

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Linsay Way

Dr. Linsay Way is a chiropractor in Milwaukee, WI. Recognized for her expertise in treating and training athletes in the Milwaukee, West Allis, Greenfield, Waukesha and New Berlin areas, Dr. Way's family practice is open to patients of all ages and conditions. Dr. Linsay loves helping her patients develop healthy habits through a lifestyle that embraces good nutrition, proper exercise and good spinal care.

35 Responses to How To Avoid Falls And Accidents During Winter

  1. Nicole Stanley

    It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so we become familiar with the situation and easily handle our car in scourge.Thanks for the useful tips.

     
  2. Rick

    Hi Linsay, thanks for the tips. This is something that many need to pay more attention on, especially those who have children. These falls can lead to a variety of injuries, from cuts and scrapes to broken bones. By the way, I love that polar bear picture, really made my day 🙂

     
  3. Lockie Smith

    Thanks for the tips. To stay safe during winter season I think above provided tips will be highly effective. Delighted to learn these tips. 🙂

     
  4. Michael

    Thanks for the tips Linsay. I will definitely be using some of these for this winter which will be my first in a very cold place! Great idea about the emergency kit, that could come in handy!

     
  5. Joseph

    Nice tips to keep safe in winter. Thanks for great post.

     
  6. david pater

    Thank you for the suggestions Linsay. I am going to undoubtedly be using a few of these for this winter that’ll be my first in an extremely chilly spot|a spot that is very chilly! Excellent concept in regards to the crisis kit, that may come in useful!

     
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    Great advice, Linsay. I’d also add that you should read up on how to handle being stranded in a winter storm as well. There are some things that may be counter-intuitive to surviving the storms. If winter storms only happen once or twice where you live, these tips should help you handle the season, but if you live somewhere with constant snow storms, it might also be worth taking extra steps to winterize your vehicles and homes.

     
  8. rola asfaleias

    Great tips, especially the ones about winter driving! I live in Greece and it very rarely gets too cold here, but when it does, most people are unprepared and accidents go through the roof! Posts like this are really useful, thanks a lot!

     
  9. Darlene R Clements

    It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so we become familiar with the situation and easily handle our car in scourge.Thanks for the useful tips.This is something that many need to pay more attention on, especially those who have children. These falls can lead to a variety of injuries, from cuts and scrapes to broken bones.

     
  10. John Martin

    I agreed with Linsay Way. At winter, there are some accident always happened. So we need to stay in safe while driving.

     
  11. Michelle

    Nice practical advices, This is my fist winter in the US, I’ll follow you tips. Thank you!
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    Thanks for sharing these useful tips. We recently wrote a similar blog post on our blog. I should have read this one before 🙂

    Good work.

     
  15. Frank Taylor

    Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety and int very importent to aware of safety tips. These are simple yet important steps to stay safe.Thanks

     
  16. Autozik

    Accidents can happen in any seasons. Besides, fall and winter, why don’t you write an extra article about how to avoid accidents on summer and spring, Linsay Way?

     
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