How to Avoid Accidental Injuries in the Winter
Tips for preventing injuries in Wisconsin winters
Winter brings the fun of snow to Wisconsin. In addition, it brings special dangers if you are not careful. Slip-and-fall injuries, driving accidents, and hypothermia are some of the risks you face throughout the winter months. Follow these steps to avoid injuries when the snow and ice come.
Protect Yourself on Foot
Icy sidewalks and pathways are part of life in a Wisconsin winter. Whether you can see it or not, ice often coats the outside areas you walk. At home, take the time to spread salt on your driveway, sidewalk, steps, and any other areas you walk. The right shoes also matter; boots or athletic shoes with good tread can help protect against slipping. Take shorter, more deliberate steps, and give yourself more time to do whatever you are doing. One bad step can lead to painful injuries.
Before you get into your car, make sure the vehicle is ready. Fresh tires are critical to staying on the road and avoiding other drivers or pedestrians. Check your brakes and your antifreeze levels to ensure you are road-ready. Once you do hit the road, be ready to drive more slowly than usual, and leave extra space between your vehicle and others on the road. No matter how experienced you are in winter driving, both slippery conditions and other drivers on the road pose risks for you. Never assume that a winter accident can’t happen to you.
Guard Against the Cold
Finally, being stuck out in the cold for extended periods can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. Keep track of time when you are outside, and dress in layers that protect your head, hands, and feet. If you and your kids are playing outside, it gets all too easy to stay out too long. Listen to your body, and avoid situations that prevent you from going inside when needed.
All the precautions in the world do not let you avoid every accident. If someone else’s negligence causes your winter injuries, we can help. Contact Eisenberg Law Offices online or at (608)256-8356 to learn more.