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posted by: LIT First Aid on: December 06, 2021

Image via Matt Collamer


Winter is upon and that means cold weather. From freezing rain and freshly-fallen snow to slush and ice, it’s important to be prepared for the adverse weather that winter brings. Check out our top three tips on preparing for snowy weather. 


Drive Slowly

With any inclement weather, it’s important to drive safely by driving slowly. Slowing down is crucial when it snows, as the roads are bound to be more slippery than usual. Don’t go over the speed limit, distance yourself from the car in front of you, and try to drive during the day when visibility is greater. If snow is common where you live, then you may wish to invest in a quality set of winter tires to make driving safer. Finally, if there is a serious snowstorm or blizzard, try to avoid driving altogether and take public transit if necessary. 


Walk Safe

Walking also becomes more dangerous in the winter, owing to the increase in precipitation. From high snowbanks to black ice, going for a walk comes with a new set of risks during the cold months. To help mitigate these risks, walk at a slower pace and make sure to wear proper winter boots that have lots of traction. Ideally, avoid sloped areas where the sidewalks can be especially dangerous. 


Dress for the Weather

Dressing for the weather is one of the most important ways to prepare for snow. To keep yourself warm and your body flexible, be sure to wear a quality winter coat, winter boots, and other cold-weather accessories, such as a hat, scarf, and gloves. Another tip is to layer by wearing long johns or a long-sleeved t-shirt beneath your sweater, coat, and pants. On especially cold days, try to expose as little of your skin as possible. 


With winter fast approaching, it’s important to follow the tips above to keep yourself and others safe. We also recommend signing up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR that could save your life, in the event that you or a loved one gets into an accident this winter.

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