Preparing for the Winter Weather

As the winter weather quickly approaches that means that the ice and snow is on its way.  The most common injuries experienced during the icy cold months are: hip fractures, head injuries, back injuries, knee injuries and wrist injuries.

These injuries can become very severe if not taken care of properly. In order to decrease the risk of receiving these injuries, there are some important steps you can take.

Slip & Fall Injuries

  • This includes fractured hips, wrist injuries, head injuries
  • Decrease the risk by:
    • Taking your time with slower and shorter steps
    • Wearing footwear with good rubber tread for traction
    • Trying to avoid heavily snow and ice covered walking surfaces

Shoveling Injuries

  • This includes back and knee injuries
  • Decrease the risk by:
    • Pacing yourself by taking frequent breaks
    • Wear slip-resistant boots
    • Dressing accordingly, keep warm
    • Pushing the snow instead of trying to lift

Another health threat during the winter is Hypothermia. In order to avoid hypothermia, always remember COLD.

C is for cover = Cover yourself and all exposed areas.

O is for overexertion = Avoid activities that cause you to sweat which can make you lose body heat.

L is for layers = Wear loose layers that trap air and insulate. Your most outer layer should be tight and water repellent.

D is for dry = Stay as dry as possible. Change your clothes if they become damp and wet.