Winter Safety

by Staff on December 22, 2014

The winter months are cold, dark and unpredictable. The weather can change suddenly, so being prepared and informed can help you stay safe this winter season. These tips can help you whether you are working/playing outside or traveling in a car.

Always watch the weather report if you plan on spending long hours outside or traveling. The weather station can keep you properly informed of precipitation, wind chills and other factors you should be aware of.

REFRM river snow scene TSMBBROC2014 DSC_0145If you are working or playing outside, dressing appropriately and staying dry are two important points. Dress in waterproof clothes and boots and make sure to wear a heavy jacket, gloves and a hat. It’s important to avoid frostbite and hypothermia, which can affect the body very quickly.

If you plan on ice fishing or skating, it’s very important to check the ice. Simply looking at the ice isn’t a reliable method of gaging its strength. It is recommended that a responsible adult measures the thickness of the ice and it must be at least 6 inches thick, more if you plan on having snowmobiles and cars on the pond. Remember that ice thickness will vary throughout the pond, so you might have to measure several areas. Also- always have a friend with you when are doing activities that involve ice.

If you must shovel due to heavy snowfall, take it easy. Cold air can make it harder to breath and shoveling can result in falling and put a strain on your heart. Here are some wonderful tips on safely shoveling snow .

Sledding is one of the most favorite winter activities for kids and adults. However, individuals each year visit the ER due to accidents. Avoid sledding near a fence or any other stationary object. Choose a nice open field and go in the daytime. Also – consider wearing a bike helmet to prevent a head injury. Don’t sled near busy roads or on icy hills.

The winter can be a dangerous time of year- but with some preparation, you can enjoy all winter has to offer!

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