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6 Safety Tips for the Winter Season

By Brandi Swieter

Although warm weather has made its way to the northern states in recent days, the winter season isn’t fully over. More snow is still ahead on the forecast, making it necessary for people to know how to stay safe during snowy, rainy, and cold days. With six safety tips, anyone can tackle the remainder of the winter season and make it through until spring arrives.

Stretch Before Shoveling

Shoveling will be necessary once the snow falls again. Rather than heading immediately outside to handle the task, shovelers should be sure to stretch out their bodies and warm up their muscles so they don’t develop an injury. Unstretched muscles are far more likely to experience an injury, even during a common task like shoveling.

Disinfect Surfaces Regularly

The flu is at an epidemic level, and it’s still going strong. To avoid getting sick, people need to disinfect all surfaces in their home, car, and work area regularly. This is especially important if other people touch those places often, as their germs could get transferred easily.

Keep Moving

Especially while traveling, it is important to keep the body moving whenever possible. Take frequent stretch breaks, rotate the shoulders, move the legs, and do anything possible to keep the body moving so circulation stays consistent. The cold can slow down circulation, allowing cold-related health problems to set in.

Keep Snow Away From the Exhaust Pipe

Many people head outside for a moment to start their vehicles and allow them to warm up. While this fine, and even recommended, it should not be done if snow is in the way. The exhaust pipe should be free from any snow so carbon monoxide does not build up. It needs to stay free and clear to allow the fumes to escape from the area.

Dress in Layers

Even if a person doesn’t feel all that cold when heading outside, it’s still best to dress in layers. Cold can set in quickly, and everyone should be prepared for the weather going on at the time. It’s best to keep a hat and gloves on, as they prevent the most body heat from escaping.

Avoid Heating the House With Appliances

Kitchen appliances sometimes get used to heat a house. If a person doesn’t want to turn their heat on and raise they bill, they may turn on their oven instead to get some warmth going. This is highly dangerous and could lead to a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning from the gases that get left off, particularly from the stove.

With these six safety tips in mind, anyone can handle the remainder of the winter season with ease. Just a little while longer to go and the spring season will be in full effect, with a new set of tips to follow for spring cleaning and rainy days.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Noblesville, Ind.

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