The Snowy Winter Season is always fun, but adults know the hassles that arise with it. That does not mean that adults cannot have fun during winters. It is, after all, the Christmas season, the season everyone waits for all year round. Whatever you may do, remember that safety comes first! We know what you are thinking; another thing to add to the list of things we have got to do? Well, we have made things easier for you. And put together a list of snow safety tips to get you through this winter season!
Snow Safety Tips
Update Your Closet
Going out on a trip in the snow? Planning to stay home and enjoy your day with your kids in the backyard on a snowy day? Either way, you need the right snow safety gear.
The kind of clothing you would need in your closet for those days is breathable but keeps you warm. A lot of clothing that is marketed as winter clothing is made of thick material. It might restrict your mobility if not properly layered. You need something you can easily move around in while driving, shoveling snow, etc.
Here is the proper snow safety gear to invest in:
- -A waterproof jacket, a puffer jacket, and a parka jacket.
- Light jackets to layer, and a rainproof jacket (If needed).
- Sweaters (thin and light, but warm materials).
- Tops, light materials for layering. And thermal wear shirts to layer underneath.
- -for bottoms, get a couple waterproof pairs of pants, jeans, and tights to layer underneath, also thermal tights to add another layer.
- Snow boots, heavy-duty booties, and a pair of sneakers.
- -lots of pairs of socks and gloves, go for thicker materials.
- Headwear like beanies, earmuffs.
- Once you have the essential pieces, learn to layer smartly. Always have a thermal wear layer on and add light materials to the layer for winter weather safety. Then wear one heavy-duty jacket on top.
No matter how harsh the weather might get, we must drive to work. Even on vacations, we need to drive to get to places. Driving in snow is no easy feat.
It is much more dangerous to drive during and after it snows than it is on normal days. That is unless, of course, you follow the proper precautionary measures. Below is some snow winter weather safety at work tips for safe driving:
- Carry the right supplies, including your general first aid kit, a shovel, salt, jumper cables, flares, charger, and flashlight.
- If it often snows in your area, consider replacing your tires with what is called the Fit Winter Tires. These will eliminate a lot of the anxiety you might carry around surrounding winter weather safety while driving on snow or ice.
- Drive smoothly, do not panic while driving, even if it feels like something might be going wrong. Also, beware of where you are driving and what obstacles are coming your way. So you can slowly and smoothly drive through everything. Avoid anticipation and surprise as much as you can while driving in snow.
- Do carry a panic button for Snow safety (Like Silent Beacon) around with you to immediately call for help as quickly as possible. The Silent Beacon is a device that lets you call 911 or a family member with a touch of one button.
- If you have begun to skid away from the direction you are headed, be sure to look in the direction of where you want to go. This tip goes a long way in helping you get back on track.
- To return rear on track, make sure you do not panic and start hitting the brakes. Stay calm and ease the gas if you are in a front skid. Then once you gain back control of the vehicle, drive in the direction you want to go.
- In case of a rear skid, ease the gas and steer in the exact same direction as to where the rear of the car is skidding.
Shovel Safely After A Snowstorm
One of the most important things you would need to get done after a snowstorm is shovel the snow off the pavement outside your house.
Shoveling the snow on the pavements is a government requirement. If you do not do this, you’ll be fined anywhere from 100-200 dollars, which depends on where you live. Here are some winter weather safety tips to make shoveling snow off the pavement an easy and manageable task:
- If you are anticipating a snowstorm, be sure to apply deicer or rock salt to your pavement. This will make it heaps easy for you to clean off the pavement after the snowstorm.
- Be sure to wear the right Snow safety gear for the process. The guidelines for the perfect clothing are listed above. Also, do not forget your snow boots.
- Stretch before you begin the shoveling. This will go a long way in avoiding back pains and soreness following the task.
- Be sure to push the snow/ice instead of lifting it. If you do have to resort to lifting, lift with your legs. Do not lift with your back to avoid back pains.
- Do not lift too much ice on the shovel. Make the task easy for you by taking it slow.
- If you have heart disease, use the Silent Beacon device to call for someone’s help. You can also use the device to contact government officials. They provide free services to the elderly, disabled, or individuals with disabling illnesses.
- Avoid a heavy meal before the shoveling process.
The winters are not easy for anyone. Things become harder to do, and you become more prone to an emergency. So, a general tip would be to always be smart, avoid panicking, and have help at hand.
Thus, the more careful you are, the more fun winters will be for you and your family members! And, don’t forget to keep a Silent Beacon with you at all times during this snowy madness.