While winter’s ice and snow can deliver beautiful scenery, it can also create treacherous conditions.
“From broken bones caused by falls to pulled muscles from shoveling, we see plenty of winter injuries each year that could be prevented,” said ED Director Paul Karagiannis, MD.
Follow these tips for a safer winter:
- Tread Carefully – When walking on ice or snow, wear shoes with rubber soles, keep your hands free, and take short, deliberate steps.
- Shovel Smart – Repetitive lifting, twisting and tossing while shoveling snow is tough on back muscles. Reduce risk of injury by stretching prior to shoveling and pushing snow to the side rather than lifting. If lifting is necessary, only fill the shovel halfway and lift with the legs, not the back.
- Décor Dangers – When lifting heavy holiday decoration boxes, generate power from the legs, not back. When hanging holiday lights outdoors, place ladder on and lean it against non-slippery surfaces. Keep at least three points of contact on the ladder — two hands, one foot; two feet, one hand. Move slowly and don’t overreach.
- Play It Safe – Be sure to stretch and warm up muscles before participating in outdoor activities such as sledding, snowboarding or building a snow man. Wear proper gear to keep the skin warm and dry.
If an injury occurs, get to the nearest emergency department immediately.