Seven Ways to Prevent Snow-Related Injuries

As winter sets upon us, and snow begins to spread across the South Shore, it’s crucial to prevent injury by following these seven winter tips.

Don’t Take Chances with Snow Blowers

Never start a snow blower in a closed garage or shed, and check the surrounding area for any debris before clearing snow. Your snow blower may become jammed depending on the condition of the snow. Never attempt to clear the blockage with your hands!

Stay Hydrated

During physical activity, including working outside in the harsh winter weather, one should continually take breaks and drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration can cause cramping, lowered blood pressure, and even fatigue.

Don’t Smoke

Before shoveling or snow blowing, it’s recommended to not consume heart accelerators such as caffeine and/or cigarettes. Both products can increase one’s blood pressure and the likelihood of a stroke, heart attack, or exhaustion.

Ease Up on the Ice Melt

Less is best! According to poison control experts, ice melt can cause rashes and skin irritation if ingested. Using less keeps it out of your house too, as the small pellets can be brought into the house by pets and shoes. Keep ice melt out of the hands of children.

Remember Your Feet

Whether you’re shoveling or snow blowing, be sure to wear correct footwear, use road salt or grit, do not walk on compacted snow, and continuously knock off snow from your shoes.

Prep for Roof Work

Every snow storm leaves a layer of snow and ice on the roof of your house. If you grab a ladder and attempt to tackle removal on your own, the United States Department of Labor recommends that you wear proper shoes, use a personal fall arrest system, look for electrical wires, and do not work alone. Roof rakes are an easy purchase to help remove snow from roofs.

Be Careful While on Foot

As snow becomes built up along the roads, it becomes difficult for drivers to see and stop for pedestrians. If you’re taking part in outdoor activities, use sidewalks, wear reflective clothing, and tell children not play in or near roads.

By taking a few simple precautions, you can stay safe in the snow.

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