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Winter Safety Tips

Seasonal changes are coming! Prepare yourself as winter approaches!

With the snowy months approaching and the end of December marking the start of winter, there’s a lot to be excited about. From more time to spend with family to delicious holiday foods, the wintertime brings about a lot of joy and celebration for many people around the world. While there’s fun to be had, it’s important to be mindful of the new seasonal health concerns in order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. With that, we’ll be sharing a few tips to help you make the most of winter.

1. Dress appropriately for weather conditions

Expect the weather to continue its decline in temperature as the winter months progress. To ensure you and your loved ones don’t get frostbite while outdoors, wear the right clothes for the weather conditions. A good rule of thumb is to layer clothing that allows you to stay warm but also gives you the option to remove any if you need to. Having the right protective clothing, like gloves and hats, will also help keep you warm during these times.

2. Prepare vehicles for snowy weather

Ensuring your vehicle is prepped for the impending snowy weather is a must. Check that all tires are not worn down and are able to traverse potentially icy roads and heavy snow. Additionally, making sure all windshield wipers are sturdy enough to survive any hail or snowfall is important. It can also be beneficial to keep blankets in the vehicle in case of emergency and you need to keep warm while waiting for help.

3. Be mindful of ice outside

Though snowfall is something to be excited about during the wintertime, the icy that follows melting snow is less pleasant. If icy accumulates outside your residence, you can use rock salt or sand to help remedy the icy effects. The best way to ensure ice doesn’t accumulate would be to shovel regularly. When walking outside, wearing the right shoes will help prevent slips and falls. Wear shoes that have grippy soles, like snow boots or hiking boots, for best outcomes.

4. Keep your devices charged in case of emergency

In the event of emergency, keeping your technological devices, like cell phones and flashlights, charged and functional is important. Doing so will ensure that if you are ever in trouble at home or outside, you’ll have a way to communicate your needs with loved ones and the proper authorities. Keep spare batteries and chargers at home and with you when out. Investing in battery packs for devices that typically require outlet charging is a great way to ensure your phone battery doesn’t run out while you’re out.

5. Avoid overindulgence

The wintertime is the hallmark time for holiday celebrations and spending time with family. With that in mind, avoid overindulgence during family gathering to avoid the side effects that follow. Be mindful of what you eat and how much you eat during this time. Keeping active with loved ones is a great way to still enjoy to delicious meals while combatting the less desirable effects of overindulgence.

Whatever this season may bring you, we hope you enjoy a healthy and prosperous wintertime!

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