Winter is upon us! In some regions, that means snow and ice along with an increase in slip and fall accidents. According to Becker Law, the National Safety Council reports that almost 9 million annual visits to the emergency room are due to falls. During the winter, many of these accidents are due to property owners not removing potential hazards for visitors and guests.
PinesHealth discusses ways to avoid accidents this winter:
It’s also important to keep any extension cords out of walkways if you decorate for Christmas outside. The entranceway of your home should be clear of melted snow or water to ensure there are no additional hazards.
Protect yourself from accidents by wearing the proper footwear and walking in cleared paths whenever possible. When going over questionable areas, proceed slowly, checking for ice or slippery areas. Always use handrails or secure objects that can help you brace yourself. When walking with others, ask for assistance when you need it. If you’re walking with a senior or someone else who’s having trouble, offer your help.
Concerning older loved ones, have you thought of those within your family and what they will do in the event of a large-scale disaster? Now would be a great time for you to learn how to prep with them. Here are some ideas to get you started.
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