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Be Safe This Winter with These Tips

Whether you are ready or not, winter will be arriving very soon. Along with the holiday season, we will have cold and flu season, winter weather driving hazards, and much colder weather. Below are tips for surviving some of the brutal effects of winter in Indiana.

Tips for a Healthy Winter

To decrease your risk of getting sick this winter, you should:

  • Wash your hands with warm soap and water often and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid crowds when possible.
  • Eat a nutritional diet rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Eat a well-balanced diet, including healthy grains, fruit, and vegetables.
  • Drink plenty of water. It can be easy to forget to hydrate during winter, but it is just as important. Eczema, dry skin, and other skin irritations can be worse during the winter. Drinking plenty of water can help.
  • Try to stay active. When possible, get outside and enjoy the sun. Try to exercise on a regular basis during the winter. A good way to get some extra exercise if you usually take an elevator, take the stairs instead.

For more tips for staying healthy in winter, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website.

Winter Weather Driving Hazards

Driving during the winter can be very treacherous. Rain, ice, fog, and snow can increase your risk of a traffic accident. When driving this winter, remember to slow down and allow additional room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. You can hydroplane on very little water or ice.

Make sure that you have an emergency supply kit in your vehicle at all times. Your kit should include a flashlight, food, water, battery-powered radio, emergency phone charger, flashers, first aid kit, blankets, gloves, scarves, and hats. If you are stranded, try to remain in your vehicle until help arrives. Don’t run the motor for prolonged periods because of carbon monoxide poisoning.

As always, wear your seatbelts and secure children in child safety seats.  If you plan to enjoy alcohol, you need to plan another way home because drinking and driving is never safe. Avoid driving when you are fatigued, drowsing, and distracted to reduce your risk of being involved in a traffic accident.

AAA Exchange has additional winter driving tips on its website.  The Indiana Department of Transportation also has winter driving safety tips on its website.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

Some general cold weather safety tips that can help keep you healthy and safe during the long winter months in Indiana include:

  • Always wear a scarf, gloves, and a hat when you are outside. If you are outside for an extended period, cover your face with a facemask or scarf.
  • Make sure that your footwear is warm and waterproof. In very cold weather, it is very important to cover and protect your body’s extremities such as toes, nose, fingers, and ears because these areas lose heat the fastest.
  • Carry an extra pair of shoes, a change of clothes, and an extra coat in your car. Wet clothing chills the body rapidly.
  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia and how to treat those conditions.
  • Test smoke alarms and fire extinguishers to ensure they are in good working order. Consider adding a carbon monoxide detector to protect your family. Be extremely careful when heating your home with a portable space heater, fireplace, or wood stove. Never heat your home with an oven or gas range. Review the safety tips and measures from the National Fire Protection Association and the S.  Fire Administration.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible during a storm. When you do go outside, be very careful on snow-covered and ice-covered walkways and paths.
  • Avoid overexertion when you are shoveling snow and removing ice. Take plenty of breaks to rest, warm up, and hydrate.

Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Unfortunately, many people are injured in winter accidents because of another person’s negligent or reckless actions. If you are injured, we are here to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Contact The Ken Nunn Law Office by calling 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 or by using the Live Chat feature on our website to request a free consultation and case evaluation with an Indiana personal injury lawyer.

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