With fall in full effect and winter well on the way, all individuals need to be aware of the potential hazards that come with cold weather. These hazards can come in various ways. Some are easy to notice, while others hide in plain sight. This article will inform you of the upcoming dangers for the season and how to prepare for them.
Snow: While snow can be your best friend when it comes to building a snowman, it can also be your worst nightmare when driving through a snowstorm. Snow is a hazard that everyone has to deal with during the winter season. To reduce the dangers of snow, it's best to keep a few things in mind.
- Try to avoid driving in a snowstorm.
- Install snow tires on your vehicle.
- Use all-wheel drive (AWD) if that option is available to you when driving.
Black ice: Black ice is usually the culprit for many slips and falls over the winter season. It's almost impossible to spot most of the time, hence the name. But there are ways to help prevent future falls when it comes to black ice.
- Wear slip-resistant shoes.
- Avoid slopes or hills, if possible.
- Check the weather daily for freezing temperatures.
Frostbite: Frostbite is another hazard that you don't notice until after its effects have already taken place. It occurs when certain body parts are exposed to extremely cold air for long periods of time. Luckily, there are ways to prevent frostbite.
- Layer up is a great and easy way to prevent frostbite.
- Make sure to wear gloves and winter-specific garments. Doing this will ensure that you will stay warm.
- Try to reduce the exposure time of being outside in cold air.
Hypothermia: Hypothermia is one of the more severe hazards to be aware of this season. Hypothermia is the result of your body losing heat at a faster rate than it can produce it. This is caused by prolonged exposure to cold. Like frostbite, however, the ways to prevent hypothermia are similar. Layering up, wearing gloves and reducing time outside can reduce the chances of hypothermia.
Flu and cold complications: Last, but not least, is sickness. Unfortunately, winter seasons cause more individuals to get sick more than any other season for a myriad of reasons. Here are the best ways to fight off sickness during the winter season.
- Obtain a flu shot.
- Get seven to nine hours of sleep consistently.
- Take immune support boosters.
While winter may pose a plethora of hazardous challenges, these tips will be able to help navigate you through the winter, while continuing to have a safe and fun holiday season.
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