Winter Safety Tips for the Family
Different times of the year come with different challenges. While summer can mean heat-related ailments and injuries from outdoor activities, the winter season brings dangerously cold temperatures and icy conditions.
Important Winter Safety Tips
1. Slips and falls — Think practical footwear with good traction. You can always pack your fashion footwear in a bag and take it with you. Salt, sand or kitty litter are helpful for improving the traction on icy sidewalks. Plan to wear gloves or mittens. Keeping your hands in your pockets leaves you more vulnerable to falling.
2. Carbon monoxide poisoning — January and February are peak times for this health issue. A functioning carbon monoxide detector can save lives. For your family’s safety, check your detectors monthly. Replace your detector’s battery in the spring and fall. Use only heaters approved and properly installed for indoor use. Don’t run a vehicle in an enclosed space.
3. Fires in the home — Fireplaces and candles cause fires and burns every winter. One study found candles cause 25 reported home fires every day. Most of these fires happen because something combustible comes in contact with the flame. Have your fireplace professionally inspected. The inspection frequency depends on how you use your fireplace.
Krost Home Inspection wants you take time to follow these tips each winter, and you’ll dramatically reduce your chances for injury – or worse.