Some parts of America had their first brush with winter this week. Snow fell, the water turned to ice, and in the blink of an eye, the season switched.
Fresh snow might look nice, but it can also be dangerous. It may even boost the risk for falls, fractures, or create unwanted pain in the shoulders, back, or more.
There are several ways you can reduce the risk of potential winter hazards to stay healthy and active this season. Here are some ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Check Your Lightbulbs: Winter is dark, especially December. With the sun going down around 4:30 P.M., it’s important that the areas of your home, including the outdoors, are well lit. When you can see where you’re going, you will be more equipped to avoid hazards.
Ask For Help: If you plan on decorating your house, it may be worthwhile to ask a family member or neighbor for help. Decorations are often stored in hard-to-reach places in the attic, basement, or garage, and carrying them up and down stairs may be difficult for elderly folks.
Snow Removal: Depending on the volume of snow you get in your area, purchasing a snowblower or paying a snow-removal service to clear the driveway and walkways around your home may be worthwhile. If you enjoy getting out and shovelling, get an ergonomic shovel with a back-saving handle.
Dealing with Ice: Be sure you are well stocked with salt/sand or other de-icers to clear ice from walkways. Keep it by the door, so you don’t need to cross the ice to reach it, and if the jug is too heavy, distribute a smaller amount into another container that you can handle.