Sledding, Skiing, SnowboardingThese activities are amazing in Utah—after all, we have the greatest snow on earth. Enjoy your powdery playground by always wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding, staying on the trails, and having a first-aid kit in your pack. If you’re a backcountry skier, you will want added protections such as an avalanche beacon and airbag, and a small shovel and probe. If you’re stuck in an avalanche, ditch your gear and try to “swim” to the surface. If you’re sledding, do so in an open space away from cars. Make sure nobody is standing at the bottom of the hill where you will be coming down and be aware of your surroundings.
Shoveling SnowShoveling snow is actually a really decent workout. The National Safety Council states: “high levels of activity in cold temperatures put many people at risk of heart attack, especially those that have inactive lifestyles.” Take it easy, and if you get winded, take a break. You’ll also want a quick stretch before you shovel and push the snow rather than lift it. If you have a snowblower, make sure you keep your hands away from moving parts, be aware of carbon monoxide if you’re in an enclosed space, and never leave it unattended. Watch your step at all times—trips and slips can lead to a holiday-wrecking fall.
Illnesses‘Tis the season for colds and flus. We’re already maxed out with concern about covid, but the wintertime also a concern for the seasonal flu. Get your flu shot and take care of your immune system with supplements and eating healthy. If you’re sick, stay home, and wear a mask whenever possible. N95 masks are still considered the most effective, so if you’re higher risk or just want some added protection, keep some on hand for potential high-traffic settings.
Carbon Monoxide PoisoningCarbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is a risk at any time, but it’s amped up a little in the winter because many people may bring outside cooking or warming sources inside. The best thing to do is to get carbon monoxide detectors and install them low to the floor by bedrooms or main living areas. During power outages, it’s especially important to watch carbon monoxide levels in your home if you’re trying to keep it warm in other ways. You’ll also want to check your furnace to ensure it’s working optimally.
Slips and Falls
Ice and people don’t mix unless you are Michelle Kwan. Be aware of where you are stepping and steer clear of shiny areas on the ground. Seek out handrails on steps and wear appropriate footwear for the weather. If you do slip or fall, try to roll with the fall and relax as much as possible.
Winter is a magical time in Utah. Our state is covered in a sparkly white layer that creates a beautiful brightness for much of the season. Enjoy it by visiting Shield-Safety today to get all your emergency supplies so that you’re prepared with a less-stressed holiday season.