When you walk out your front door and feel a chill in the air, you know that the winter season is on its way. While many people enjoy the invigorating cool weather and the chances for a crisp, beautiful snowfall, winter is also a season where you must be very cautious, as injuries can occur suddenly and without warning.
If you’re the type of person that wants to be sure that they are always as safe as possible, then you need to check out a few simple winter safety tips that will help you make it through the cold season unscathed. Stick to these winter safety tips and you should be able to get through the year’s coldest months without suffering a serious injurious.
Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
During the winter season, it’s likely you’ll be spending much more time indoors so that you can stay warm and toasty. While staying inside is a great way to get through the winter season, it also greatly increases your risk for suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that is a byproduct of common household items like gas furnaces, propane stoves, and portable generators. When this gas accumulates in your home, it can have deadly consequences. To protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning, then you need to install a carbon monoxide detector or make sure your existing detector is functional. If there’s carbon monoxide in your home, your detector will warn you so that you can exit your house and stay safe.
Only You Can Prevent Winter Fires
Fire is another big safety risk that you need to prepare for in the winter season. Although fires can happen any time of the year, they are more common during winter because of the increased cooking and decorations that come with the winter holiday season.
When decorating your home, particularly when setting up a Christmas tree, you should make sure that your decorations aren’t blocking any exits and aren’t near heating vents or electrical outlets. If you’re planning on cooking a large holiday meal, you should be certain that there is always someone watching your food, that you’re handling your hot dishes with oven mitts, and that safety equipment such as fire extinguishers are easily accessible and in working order.
Stick to these tips and you should be able to prevent most winter house fires.
Tips for Safe Travels
During the winter, especially during the holidays, you will likely want to visit your friends and family, meaning you need a few tips for safe winter driving.
If at all possible, you should refrain from driving in winter weather conditions like snow and ice. However, if you must drive in these conditions, you should be certain your windshield is free from obstructions, that you’re driving at a safe speed and that you’re not turning or braking too quickly. You may also want to equip your vehicle with snow tires if you know that you will frequently need to drive through winter weather.
Winter Safety Tips May Not Be Enough
The only flaw in following winter safety tips is that they cannot account for the reckless actions of other people. If you suffer a winter injury caused by another person, you need to discuss your legal options with the team at Heuser & Heuser, LLP.