Health Advocate Blog

Stay safe this winter!

This winter, don’t be the only one inside while everyone else is outside having fun! But remember, if you go out, be sure to keep your safety top of mind by preparing appropriately. Try these tips to help you avoid slips and falls, and keep warm and healthy!

Wear weather-appropriate gear, like waterproof boots and non-slip shoes, plus gloves, a hat, a scarf, and a warm jacket.

Dress in several layers. Layering allows you to accommodate to your body’s constantly changing temperature. And don’t forget to wear socks!

Walk slowly when outside. Watch for and avoid icy patches whenever possible. Use handrails when they are provided.

Prepare your car for the cold weather. Check your tire tread and pressure, the levels of the car’s fluids, and make sure your windshield wipers are working well. When in doubt, take your car for service.

Pack an emergency kit and stash it in your car in case you get stranded. Blankets, nonperishable food and water, a flashlight and batteries, extra cell phone charger, flares and a first aid kit are all good things to have on hand.

Pay attention to weather conditions, incoming storms or severe drops in temperature. Avoid going out in inclement weather.

Watch out when going indoors. Check the floors for puddles, melted ice or snow—keep them clean and dry. Always wipe your feet and your shoes to avoid slipping on caked snow or ice on soles.

Be cautious. If the weather is bad, consider staying inside with your coziest blanket and cup of hot cocoa!

Wash your hands often. With cold and flu season in full effect, it’s important to wash your hands to prevent the spread of germs.

Don’t forget to drink water. It’s equally important to stay properly hydrated in the wintertime, too–believe it or not, you should be taking in about the same amount of water in the winter that you do in the summer.

If you fall…

  • Relax your body—tensing up can cause more severe injury
  • Avoid fighting the fall—bending and twisting can produce worse injuries, especially on ice
  • If you fall forward, try to roll with the fall
  • If you fall backward, attempt to sit down

We hope these tips help you stay safe and healthy all winter long.