Staying Safe In The Snow This Winter

A key focus of my blog is Health/Wellness. If you live an a region where there is a winter season, it’s important to understand how to manage in that weather which at time can become very adverse. The following contributed post is entitled, Staying Safe In The Snow This Winter.

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There’s lots of fun to be had when it’s snowing from tobogganing to snowball fights. However, it’s also important to stay safe in the snow – the ice and the cold weather can lead to an increased risk of accidents and health issues. Below are just a few tips for staying safe when it snows.

Dress appropriately

Wrapping up warm is essential when it starts to snow – fail to layer up and you could catch hypothermia (especially if you’re outdoors for long periods). Invest in winter clothes if you haven’t got any already. A hat, scarf and gloves could be essential on top of a thick winter coat. If you plan to exercise outdoors, consider thermal exercise gear that will keep you warm while still being breathable and light.

Your footwear also matters. When it snows, the ground can also get very icy, so you should opt for footwear that has a good grip to avoid falls. These ice cleats from Icetrax could be a great option for stopping you from slipping. Thermal socks will meanwhile keep your feet from getting too cold.

Drive slowly and carefully

Road accidents often increase when it has snowed. The presence of black ice can lead to skidding and can be a major problem. Visibility could also be greatly increased when driving during snowfall.

Drive slowly and avoid sharp turns. Braking distances can be ten times greater in snow and ice, so leave plenty of room apart from the driver in front.

Make sure that your windscreen and windows are completely de-iced before you start driving – even if you’re in a hurry, you don’t want to risk getting in a crash because you can’t see properly. Full beam headlights may be necessary to see through the snow and you may want to use your fog light in a heavy snowstorm.

When possible, stick only to short distances and roads that you know. If it is snowing heavily and the journey is not mandatory, it may be better not to drive at all until the snow has cleared. This guide at CarAndDriver offers more tips for driving in snow.

Prepare your home for the snow

Snow and ice can also cause damage to homes. There are cases where this can be dangerous. For instance, a weak roof may collapse if there is too much snow on it.

It’s good to make exterior repairs in advance before snow has a chance to arrive. This could include repairing a damaged roof or damaged guttering that could collapse under the weight of snow. Cracks in your home could also be made worse if ice gets into them so consider sealing any serious cracks up before winter arrives.

You should also be careful not to slip on ice around your home. If you think it’s going to be a frosty night, consider spreading some grit on your driveway and on any steps so that they don’t get icy. Buy this grit in advance so that you’ve got it when you need it.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.