Winter Safety & Your Health
The days are getting shorter, we get less day light and more rain and we are adding on more layers of clothes. This means winter is here! It is time to think about winter safety and make sure you are prepared for the elements.
Written December 2017
by Tonya LaFranchi, MOST, OTR/L
ErgoFit Consulting, Inc.
Travel by Personal Vehicle
If you are on the road frequently, make sure you have an emergency kit stocked full of snacks, water, blankets, first aid, tools and additional clothing. Take your time on the road as visibility can really be limited which makes reaction times less. Also keep in mind that during the holiday season, there are more alcohol-related traffic fatalities than any other time of year in the United States. Just during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s 25,000 people will be injured in traffic accidents caused by alcohol. https://shoutout.wix.com/so/5M0B0Bxx?cid=8f76fdde-7cd8-4127-8145-a6a3bb0eba91#/main
Travel by Public Transportation
If you commute on public transportation, make sure you stay up to date on your route information and have alternate routes in mind to avoid having to rush, which can lead to increased fall risk, especially if it is icy or snowy! Also keep that hand sanitizer close by and minimize what you touch to reduce your risk of catching a sick bug when you are packed into buses, trains and shuttles.
When you are walking outside or driving, be aware of standing water and black ice. Do not blow through a large puddle of standing water because there may be hazards underneath that you cannot see. Not to mention, it may be much deeper than it seems! Make sure you have sufficient layers, covering your hands, ears and nose/mouth depending on just how cold it is and have a water proof outer layer to stay warm and dry. Keep hand warmers in your pockets for additional coziness to your fingers and keep the blood circulating by moving your fingers often.
Health & Wellbeing
This is the sick season and all the stress of the holidays and icky weather can really take a toll on our bodies. Stay ahead of the sick bugs and keep yourself healthy by eating well, exercising and frequently washing your hands. Don't let the holidays stress you out. Instead, try to cherish the time you get to spend with those you care about and enjoy the magic of this season that comes just once a year!
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