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Preventing Bodily Injury: Proper Winter Attire

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The holidays are over. Christmas trees are stashed or trashed, and thus begins the 3-month trek toward hopeful hints of green - spring just can’t come soon enough. But while we wait, there is snow to shovel, ice to scrape, and cold to escape.

This season poses a threat to people and property. Through this Seasonal Safety Series, we provide some helpful tips to minimize winter injuries.

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself during this blistering, blustery season.

Preventing Bodily Injury: Proper Winter Attire

Layer up.

It is easier to regulate body temperature when you have multiple layers to add or subtract. Layering also allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity and comfort levels.

Cover your extremities.

Wear hats, gloves, and thick socks. Use earmuffs if you have them. Our body’s first priority is to keep our organs warm. That means our extremities are the the first places that may sustain injury due to cold.

And, although it is a myth that adults lose more body heat through our heads, it is true that children lose more heat through their heads. Cover up.

Wear proper footwear.

When the temperature drops, there is an increased risk for slipping, tripping and falling due to icy, snowy conditions. Wear thick-treaded boots as often as possible. Even if you do fall, your feet and ankles will be protected.

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It is possible to survive, even enjoy (!) this time of year. Stay safe and warm. And stay tuned for more tips from our Seasonal Safety Series.

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