Caution in Hazardous Weather

By: Melody Kuperschmid

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Be cautious when traveling in the snowy weather

Winter is here and so are the icy streets and sidewalks! During the winter months, many people do not realize how dangerous it can be to walk outside. When snow storms and blizzards hit, it is very hazardous outside, and people should be very cautious to avoid accidents. The streets are icy during this time of year, and it is important to spread salt on the sidewalks to alleviate the problems associated with black ice. I have overheard many lamenting over their injuries from falling on black ice. If you fall hard enough or at the wrong angle, you may break a bone or get badly injured.

In the event you have to go out in the dark, after it has just snowed, salt your sidewalk or driveway before. The freezing temperatures will cause a slippery situation.  In the wintertime, with freezing temperatures, people need to slow down when doing things.

It is also very important that people are alert during this time of year.  A lot of accidents occur in the winter, not only on the road, but also on the sidewalk. It is important to always walk with caution. If you are out and about, be sure to stay bundled up during these chilly months; frost bite is more common than people care to think. Also, it is common for adults and children to get colds. Do not leave home without your hat, scarf, gloves and a warm jacket.  Dark colors are better to wear during this time of year since they absorb more heat. If you do don’t dress warm in the winter, you are in danger of getting frostbite and other conditions like hypothermia, chilblains.

Hypothermia is a condition in which your body temperature drops abnormally low, causing your internal systems to not function normally.  Hypothermia also causes your brain to not function properly.  Chilblains is often confused with frostbite.  A person may develop this condition if the skin is exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time.  It is a tissue condition that can cause painful red swelling of the skin; the skin color changes from red to dark blue. Your skin may swell up or you may get an infection. Dressing warm will help to avoid these problems.

Use these helpful tips when braving the cold weather!

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