December 4th, 2018
Wintertime brings to mind holidays, snow-covered trees and the comfort of a warm fireplace. However, winter can also bring an extra layer of hazards for seniors. These hazards include cold temperatures, ice, snow and wind. As a result, the risk of an accident for a senior is higher during this season. There are a number of safety precautions you can take to help protect yourself during the winter.
It’s the number one winter rule: dress appropriately! Wear a warm coat, gloves, hat and use layers. If you plan to be outdoors extensively, dress warmer than you think you need to. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.
At home, check that no windows are left open as the cold weather starts to set in. If you feel the need to warm up, treat yourself to a hot beverage like tea, coffee or hot cocoa.
Watch The Forecasts
Check the weather forecasts regularly so that you are not caught by any surprises. Be prepared for very cold weather and any snow storms. Try to stay indoors and off the roads during snowy days and inclement weather.
Keep Your Home Safe
Make sure your driveway is salted immediately after removing snow. This way you can ensure there is no chance for ice to form. If your budget allows it, consider hiring someone to plow and salt your property for you.
Even after salting your driveway, walkway and steps, you should walk carefully in case there were any missed spots. The same goes for other locations you visit — in parks, outside stores, etc. — watch your steps for ice.
In the winter, the days are shorter, and it gets darker earlier in the evening. Install nightlights so you can always find your way safely around the home.
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We often assume that we’re used to harsh winters and don’t need to prepare, particularly in parts of the United States that tend to have long winters. However, winter is a hazardous season, especially as we age. Make sure you take every precaution you can to stay safe. It’s not only about dressing warm, but also watching the forecasts, adjusting your plans and being especially attentive to ice risks. By following these precautions, you can stay safe, comfortable and enjoy wintertime to the fullest.