How to Stay Safe in the Snow this Winter

Whether you find it frightful or delightful, winter weather is here. With it comes the potential for slippery and dangerous roads, frigid temperatures and inches of snow to shovel. Read up on how to avoid common calamities this season.

  • Proceed with caution on icy, snowy roads. Snow and ice are beautiful, but driving through inclement weather can be hazardous. More than 116,000 people are injured in the U.S. every year due to car crashes during snowy, slushy and icy conditions. There are steps you can take to make travel in the winter safer – read them here. Before you even head out on the road, pack a winter emergency kit in case you become stranded or are involved in a crash. If you have young children, read up on how to safely strap them in and keep them warm in the car.
  • Check the temps before exercising or playing outside. We would never propose staying inside all winter – there’s too many fun ways to enjoy the snow – but there are times when the temperature and wind child should make you think twice about going outside. Learn more about when it’s too cold for kids to play outside and when you might want to complete your run on a treadmill. When you do venture out, don’t forget to protect your eyes.
  • Take safety seriously when shoveling. Clearing snow is hard work and if you haven’t been getting much regular exercise, it can actually be dangerous. Every winter this physically-challenging chore contributes significantly to an increased number of emergency room visits. Read up on how to shovel safely.
  • Don’t forget your furry friends. Dogs need extra attention in the winter to stay safe from the elements and other potential hazards when they’re outside. Read these tips to find out how to keep Fido safe through the winter months.

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