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Winter Safety Wrap Up

By Christopher Vervoorst

Winter is in full swing. The wind is howling outside, and it’s so cold, even the polar bears are staying inside. So why not grab a blanket, settle down by the fire (or fireplace channel) with your computer and catch up on some winter safety tips.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked a lot about winter safety. So instead of making you go back and read through all those blogs, I thought I would put all the highlights together in one place (just because I’m nice like that).

 

Winter driving

Give yourself extra time when driving. You never know exactly what the road conditions might be like.

Please don’t speed. If anything, drive a little bit slower than the speed limit.

Make sure your car is equipped with an emergency roadside kit and blankets.

 

Shoveling safety

– Grab gloves and a toque. If it’s really cold, maybe even a neck warmer or scarf. You need to be prepared for the weather conditions, since there’s nothing worse than coming in and realizing you have frostbite on your ears/nose/hands.

Take regular breaks. When it’s -30 degrees Celsius or lower, you’ll want to break every 7-10 min.

– If you’re doing a lot of shoveling, you may also want to do some quick stretches to keep your muscles nice and limber.

Ladder safety

– Use a proper ladder. This may seem like common sense, but you wouldn’t believe how many people will just grab whatever is around them even at work!

– Never step on the top two rungs. Again, another common sense idea, but most people will be tempted if whatever they’re after is just slightly out of their reach. If that’s the case, grab a taller ladder, don’t put yourself at risk.

These tips work because they make sense at home and at work.

So now it’s your turn to tell us what you think we should talk about next.

Let us know in the comments below what topics you would like us to talk about (or not talk about).

Also, feel free to send in your safety stories and questions! Meg, Matt and I are here to help.

Well, I’m off to go buy some onesie pajamas to keep me warm while I settle down by the fire (I promise I’ll post the pictures when I get them). So, until next week, keep your head up and trust your gut.

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