Winter is Here—Stay Warm and Safe this Season
Here are some tips to stay secure all winter long.
Another winter season is upon us, and along with the majesty of the snowy trees and beauty of the holiday decorations come the dangers of icy roads, slippery walks, and bitter cold temperatures. As we age, it’s especially important to stay mindful of the outdoor conditions before heading out—or deciding to stay in—for the day.
For instance, if you have a doctor’s appointment that’s only a short drive away, and the roads seem fine, you may think it’s automatically ok to clean off the car, shovel your driveway, and head on your way. However, have you listened to a traffic report to hear how others are faring on the roads? Have you heard from relatives or friends on their own experiences getting around town?
Here’s a tip: always call ahead on snowy days. The doctor’s office will be able to advise if the area roads are ok, and, perhaps more importantly, if their own driveways and walkways are clear, dry, and safe.
Cold weather is another big concern. Did you know: at “a temperature of 0°F and a wind speed of 15 mph creates a wind chill temperature of -19°F, frost bite can occur in just 30 minutes?” (credit: businessinsider.com) Doctors warn that children and older adults are especially vulnerable.
What can you do? Always check the weather report not only for the temperature, but that all-important wind chill factor. This will help tell you how cold the outside air will feel to your skin, and help gauge whether to stay in, and if heading out, how heavy to bundle up!
We hope you stay safe and warm this holiday season, and check back for more on the winter season!