As the winter season approaches, many of us are dreaming of evenings curled up by the fire while enjoying the company of our loved ones. While you’re planning on how to stay warm and toasty during the coldest months of the year, you also need to take the time to consider how you can stay safe.
Like every season, winter brings its own unique threats that can result in major accidents that cause devastating injuries. Learn about some of the top winter safety tips to help you and your family avoid a devastating accident during the coldest months of the year.
Fire Prevention Advice
The biggest risk to your safety during the winter season is experiencing a house fire. Granted, house fires can strike almost any time of the year, but they are a large threat during the winter both because of the different ways people try to stay warm and the holiday decorations that are common during this time of year.
If you can’t resist a roaring fire during the winter, be certain your fireplace is safe to use. Have a professional open your flue and examine your chimney before the winter season begins so that you’ll know your home and family will be safe next time you light a fire.
For families that celebrate Christmas and set up a Christmas tree, it’s crucial to place the tree in the right location. Christmas trees that are placed near electrical outlets, fireplaces and heating vents will have a much higher risk of catching fire and threatening your family’s lives. Your tree also needs to be clear of the exits in your home.
Car accidents are another way that people are frequently injured during the winter months. If you want an uneventful winter, then you need to operate your vehicle correctly under winter weather driving conditions.
If you must drive through snow, sleet, or ice, then you should proceed carefully by slowing your vehicle and avoiding sharp turns or braking. This will allow you to respond to potential collisions without losing control of your vehicle. Before winter begins, you should also make sure your windshield is clear and that your exterior lighting works the right way.
Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer
Carbon monoxide poisoning is also a threat during the winter season. A byproduct of portable generators, propane stoves, and gas furnaces, carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that can cause injury and even death when allowed to infiltrate your home. If you use any item that can produce carbon monoxide, then it’s crucial your home is equipped with a carbon monoxide detector.
Having this detector in your home will help you protect your family and will allow you to sleep easy.
What to Do After an Injury
Unfortunately, winter injuries are often the fault of another person, meaning you can still be hurt while following winter safety tips. If you’ve been hurt, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit with the assistance of Childs, Bishop & White, PC.