Staying safe in the winter is more than just keeping your sidewalks clear, and the heat on. It involves everything you do from going on trips to driving to the office, to even going outside for some fun family time. We’re entering the time of year where a snowstorm can sneak up on us at any time. It’s important to make sure you’re ready for the icy, snowy weather no matter what. Here are a few safety tips you can utilize at home or at work to keep yourself safe.

Drive Safely: Anytime the road appears wet during the fall and winter you have to be aware of hazards. Snow, sleet, and icy conditions can cause your tires to lose traction on the road. No matter how much you try to straighten out, without that traction it could become very dangerous. Make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter by checking the tires, the heating, having an emergency kit in the back seat or trunk, and more.

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Bonus Tip: For the winter months, keep some extra water bottles, granola bars, blankets, and flashlights in your car just in case you get stuck!

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Avoid Snow Removal Accidents: Shoveling snow can be incredibly taxing on your body, especially if it’s heavy snow mixed with ice. If you’re not used to that much lifting, you could do serious damage to your arms and back. Take plenty of breaks in between shoveling. If you have a large enough area or disabilities that make shoveling difficult, consider investing in a snowblower or a professional snow removal company.

Wear The Right Protection: Whether you’re outside shoveling or building a snowman, you have to wear the proper protection. This includes a winter jacket, gloves, a hat or earmuffs, face protection, and more. This is especially important if you’re going to spend any length of time outside.

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Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: With the heaters running, the risk of carbon monoxide exposure increases whether you’re at home or at work. Exposure can include headache, dizziness, confusion, weakness, upset stomach or vomiting, and even chest pains. If multiple people are having these symptoms at the same time, there might be a leak someplace. This can be prevented with carbon monoxide detectors installed.

Prepare Your Home: Try to keep extra jugs and cases of water on hand, easy-to-make food and canned goods, gas, and more in case of an emergency situation. Winterize any areas that might have a draft with weathering strips, or plastic coverings. Keep the heat in as much as possible!

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