Winter has been brutal this year, and it doesn’t seem as though the first signs of spring will appear anytime soon. As you wrap yourself up in plenty of layers and cozy up in front of the fireplace, be sure to keep these winter safety tips in-mind too so that you can enjoy the spring when it does arrive.
Clear Snow and Ice On Sidewalks
While taking the time to clear away the snow and ice might be irritating, doing so can prevent you from experiencing a great deal of aggravation later. Instead of waiting for the snow to pile up, do a little bit at a time. However, remember, increasing age and certain health conditions can make shoveling and clearing ice dangerous activities in and of themselves. Ask a family member to come over to help you out.
Wear Proper Clothes and Shoes
Frostbite and hypothermia are very real threats, especially when the temperature is dipping into the single digits and lower on a regular basis. Dressing yourself in layers helps to keep the heat in. On those very cold days, you may need to do so around the house too. Also, wear appropriate shoes for the weather. You don’t want to get a chill from soaking wet feet. Additionally, you must ensure that your shoes have proper traction so that you do not fall on the ice.
Stay Indoors When Possible
Maybe you’ve scoffed at warnings to stay inside in the past, but the time has come to start taking those cautions seriously. Unless you absolutely need to go out, stay at home and watch some of your favorite movies when the weather is at its worst. In the event that you do need to go out, reconsider taking your own car. Calling someone to drive you, especially if you have been experiencing difficulties behind the wheel lately, is a smart idea. Caution the person to drive slowly and carefully; black ice and other elements can spring up out of nowhere.
Use Caution When Walking Outside
Don’t try to do those tasks that are simply too dangerous for you. Instead of venturing out on a sheet of ice to clear your car off, ask a family member or a neighbor if he or she would mind tackling the task for you. When you do have to walk around outside holding on to a sturdy railing will give you more support and to prevent yourself from falling. If you are able to do so, make sure that you walk with another person at all times.
Install an Indoor and/or Outdoor Stairlift
During the winter months, the stairs become extremely dangerous as they pose a severe falling hazard. Instead of attempting to climb these seeming mountains by yourself, contact a New York stairlift dealer. By doing so, you are taking some of the stress off of both your body and mind. Call Dermer Stairlifts at (866) 454-3896 or fill out and online contact form to schedule a free home estimate and make your house a home again.