Avoiding Accidents This Holiday Season
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Dec 15, 2014 in Advice
With winter weather upon us, the opportunity for having an accident is increased with the introduction of snow and ice.
Combined with increased travel for the holidays, being aware of the dangers of these slippery and cold conditions is incredibly important. While some accidents that might occur this winter can’t be prevented, there are many that could be easily prevented if the proper precautions are taken.
Below are tips to prevent some of the common accidents that can take place when winter is upon us.
- Plan extra time on your schedule to prevent being in a rush. Most accidents occur due to inattention or being in a hurry.
- Remove snow from shoes before entering any building.
- Always use a handrail when climbing up and down stairs.
- Walk at a slower pace.
- Stay on designated walkways.
- Watch for and avoid slippery surfaces.
Heating Your Home
- Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside.
- Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
- Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
- If you have heart trouble, do not shovel without a doctor's permission.
- Do not shovel after eating or while smoking.
- Take it slow! Pace yourself. Be sure to stretch out and warm up before taking on the task.
- Shovel only fresh snow.
- Push the snow as you shovel.
- Do not pick up too much at once.
- Lift with your legs bent, not your back. Keep your back straight.
- Do not work to the point of exhaustion. If you run out of breath, take a break.
- Dress warmly.
By following the tips above, you can keep yourself and your family safe and healthy this winter when the snow and ice begins. If you or a family member is in an accident that could have been prevented, you may be eligible for compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine if you qualify for compensation in the event of an accident.