Winter Safety Tips

With cold weather comes ice, sleet snow and rain, all of which can put you at risk for falling or sustaining an injury. Medical alert systems with fall detection may be the perfect solutions to remaining safe in the event of an emergency during this difficult time of year.

Preparing For Power Outages

With ice, wind and snow, it’s not uncommon to have power outages. You may lose your heat and electric or even suitable drinking water. Being prepared during this time will help to make things much easier! Make sure you do the following:
  • Have an ample supply of bottled water in an easy to access location
  • Stock up on non-perishable food items
  • Fully charge your cell phone
  • Keep an up-to-date emergency kit
  • Have working flashlights, batteries, lighters and matches
  • Get a cellular medical alert system in the event of an emergency, especially if there is no power.

Staying Safe Outdoors

Staying warm in the extreme cold is essential to avoiding frostbite. Dress in layers, with the proper footwear and gloves so you can protect your extremities. And don’t let the outside thermometer fool you. It does not show you the wind chill factor! Keep your driveway and walkways clear to avoid falls that could send you to the emergency room. Salt, sand or kitty litter can help to melt the snow and ice quickly, making it safer for you to exit your home. Have a local teenager shovel your driveway and walkway for you so you don’t put yourself in danger. Think about checking on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards—older adults and the chronically ill.

Winterizing Your Car

Preparing your car for the colder months should be done each winter season. Be sure to check the radiator, antifreeze, tire treads and washer fluid and keep your gas tank full. Have warm blankets, scrapers and shovels readily available. Keeping a winter emergency kit in your car in case you become stranded is a necessary item. A few hints if you do become stranded or lost:
  • Stay with your car unless safety is less than 100 yards away
  • Put a bright cloth on the antenna
  •  Run the engine and heater only 10 minutes per hour
  •  Consider a mobile alert system that has Advanced GPS technology– in case you are stranded or lost, the system will find you no matter your location.