Winter Safety Tips – What You Need to Know
posted by Lehi Willow Creek Family Medicine | January 17, 2019
You may think you’re safe from the freezing temperatures and weather when you are within the walls of your home, but the reality is that storms and cold temperatures during the winter can lead to problems if you aren’t prepared. You can stay healthy and safe by planning ahead and prepping your cars and home using these tips.
Make sure your home is ready to handle the cold and to keep you safe while the temperatures dip outside. To get your home ready for winter:
If you must venture out during a bad storm or get caught in one unexpectedly, your car should be prepared to keep your warm for as long as necessary. All preparations should be done before the cold weather arrives to ensure that you have a functional, safe vehicle during the winter.
If you have a car with 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and good tires, driving in the snow is fairly safe. If you drive a smaller car that doesn’t handle as well on the ice, drive slowly and carefully every time you leave the house.
Snowstorms can trap residents in their home for long periods. To keep your home ready for weather-related emergencies, such as power outages, make sure you are prepared by:
Your place of refuge can become a cold, unhappy home if you are unprepared for emergencies. During the winter, keep a close eye on the weather report so you are ready for upcoming storms.
If you are concerned about your family’s health during the winter and want to know more about how to prepare to keep them healthy with better winter safety, seek out the advice of a doctor or other medical professional. The best treatment is prevention, and it’s important you have peace of mind each winter.
“Snowstorms & Extreme Cold.” Ready.gov
“Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/features/winterweather/index.html
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.