fall and winter precautions and preparations
As we approach the fall and winter months it’s time to address the proper precautions and preparations. These months ahead can be challenging to stay safe. The weather changes, limited daylight, children returning to school, and the very busy holiday season can all affect your safety when not prepared. Here are some tips to be prepared for.
Over the next several months we face our days becoming shorter and less daylight. Children returning home from school, people out walking/jogging/running should have on Hi-Vis clothing so they can be seen. As a driver, you should be observant of your surroundings and watch for pedestrians.
With fall comes the rain and with the rain comes slick roads and surfaces. Stopping distance and proper traction are the keys to preventing accidents. Good traction from a tire or shoes makes all the difference when it comes to slipping and sliding.
Hypothermia is caused by prolonged exposure to very cold temperatures. When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it’s produced. Lengthy exposures will eventually use up your body’s stored energy, which leads to lower body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia especially dangerous, because a person may not know that it’s happening and won’t be able to do anything about it. While hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.
Frostbite is a type of injury caused by freezing. It leads to a loss of feeling and color in the areas it affects, usually extremities such as the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, and toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation (removing the affected body part).