How to Avoid Winter-Related Home Injuries
Ice and snow can make for dangerous conditions in the winter. It’s not uncommon to slip and fall as a result of unforeseen weather conditions. This time of the year, it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings and areas that could potentially be hazardous. We’ve compiled a list of different ways to protect yourself against injuries this winter.
1. Remove ice and snow from your driveway and walkways. One of the biggest causes of injuries is slipping on ice or snow on your driveway, walkway, or stairs. It’s important to stay on top of ice and snow removal as it happens to avoid excessive build up. In addition to shoveling, you can use salt or various other methods to create traction and remove ice successfully.
2. Walk slowly and cautiously. Even after snow and ice have been removed, it’s important to use caution when walking on your driveway or walkways in the winter. You could have accidentally missed a spot, or new icy patches may have developed. Walk slowly and always keep one hand free so you are able to break your fall.
3. Wear shoes with traction. In snowy and icy conditions, it’s important to choose clothes that work best for the weather. When it comes to your footwear, make sure there is good traction at the bottom. This will help the shoe to grip to the ground, leaving fewer opportunities for slips.
4. Park in your garage when possible. If you have an attached garage, it’s a good idea to park your car inside in the winter. Not only will you save time with snow removal in the morning, but it will make the walk from your car to your inside your home much safer. Just remember to never warm up or start you car in a closed garage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
5. Place wet shoes on a mat when entering your home. When you enter your home with snowy or wet shoes, it can create puddles on your floor. Not only can this cause wood staining, but if you aren’t playing attention, it could cause a slip. Consider purchasing a boot tray or mat where you can place your wet shoes when you come inside.
We hope you found these tips helpful, and we hope you have a safe winter season!