Stay Safe in the Snow

By: HomeFirst Certified
February 08, 2013

The snow keeps falling and many schools are closed today. Since most adults don’t get snow days, it is a good time to review some basic steps you can take to stay safe and be ready for an emergency.

 

Make sure your car is ready

  • Top up your gas tank
  • Fill you washer fluid
  • Keep extra fluids in the trunk, along with a snow brush/scraper and extra clothes/blanket

Think Slow and Safe

  • Commutes are often slow in snowy conditions; give yourself extra time to travel safely.
  • Slow down, especially on bridges and curves. Keep your distance between cars.

 

 Slipping Isn’t Fun – Recognize the hazards of slippery walks. There are several things that can be done to reduce the risk of falling when slippery conditions exist. Some helpful hints:
  • Snow boots may keep you from slipping on the snow/ice. Pack a pair of indoor shoes for the office or classroom.
  • Make sure your boots or overshoes have grippy soles such as rubber and neoprene composite. Slick leather or plastic soles on shoes will definitely increase the risk of slipping.
  • Use special care when entering or exiting vehicles, using the vehicle for support.
  • Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces the ability to use your arms for balance if you do slip.
  • Take short shuffling steps in very icy areas.
  • Don’t step on uneven surfaces. Avoid curbs with ice on them.
  • Place your full attention on walking. Digging in your pocketbook or backpack while walking on ice is dangerous.

These tips and reminders should keep you safe with all the new snow we are getting. When in doubt, walk like a penguin.
 

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