Safety Newsletter – January 2022
Winter Weather Injury Prevention
Slips, trips, and falls are something that you should always be cautious of, however they are even more prevalent in the winter months. Snow, ice, and wet surfaces all pose a risk to your health and safety. Below are some tips to keep yourself safe during the cold and snowy season.
- When walking on steps, always use the handrails and plant your feet firmly on each step.
- When walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway, take short steps and walk at a slower pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction.
- Look out for “black ice.” Dew, fog or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces and form an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can look like a wet spot on the pavement. It often shows up early in the morning or in areas that are shaded from the sun.
- Carrying heavy items can challenge your sense of balance. Try not to carry too much in these conditions, you need to leave your hands and arms free to better balance yourself. If you must carry something, make sure to carry it as close to you and your center of gravity as possible.
- When entering a building, remove as much snow and water from your shoes as you can. Take notice that floors and stairs may be wet and slippery and even though there may be a carpet/mat, it might be slippery as well, so walk cautiously.
- Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles. Use the vehicle for support and always use three points of contact when climbing in and out of a vehicle.
Even though wildlife can be more active during certain times of the year, they are a roadway hazard year-round. Below are some tips for staying safe and avoiding a collision with wildlife while on the road.
- Slow down and give yourself more time to brake in the event that an animal does jump out in front of you.
- Use your high-beams when in low lit areas. Just remember to turn them off when oncoming traffic gets close to you.
- Remember that deer travel in herds and where there is one, there are likely more.
- Don’t tailgate and keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, in case they brake suddenly to avoid an animal.