Every season has its fair share of hazards, however winter is arguably the most hazardous season of all. Thankfully you can avoid potential accidents by changing your mindset and being aware of the weather conditions around you. Here’s a handy list to help you out!

 

Slips and Falls

Never underestimate the damage that a potential slip and fall accident can cause – from a sprained ankle to a broken spine that can leave you paralysed for life, slips and falls are definitely no joke!

  • Always walk carefully if the streets are covered in ice.
  • Wear warm shoes or boots with good tread for traction
  • Clear the ice on the pathway of your home. Always have some salt or sand ready to spread around in case the weather surprises you.
  • If you’re going somewhere by bike be on the watch of potentially wet or icy surfaces, and use both hands when braking.
  • If you do feel yourself falling try to land on your side or your bottom – that way you can reduce the risk of a head or a spinal injury

Hypothermia

If you work or play outside during winter you might be risking having a hypothermia or a frostbite.

  • Stumbling, bumbling, grumbling, and mumbling can be early signs of cold affecting your body and brain. Take action as soon as you notice them
  • Wear multiple layers of clothing to keep you warm, with more breathable layers against your skin and weather-resistant layers on the exterior
  • Food and fluids can keep your body warm
  • If you do get a frostbite DO NOT try to warm up the affected area while still in the cold, especially by rubbing it

Car Accidents

Despite being a good driver winter can potentially take the control of your car out of your hands and unfortunately by getting behind the wheel you do accept the responsibility.

  • Defrost windows completely before leaving home
  • Drive slowly and carefully and allow extra stopping distance

 

Winter Sport Injuries

For the ones who refuse to stay at home by the fireplace and instead want to have some fun slipping and sliding down a mountain in winter, you don’t have to suffer injuries while practicing your favourite winter sports.

  • Wearing the proper gear is arguably the most important thing to consider as it can save you from all kinds of  sports-related accidents. Check your equipment before using it in order to make sure it’s working properly and is not going to bring any harmful surprises along the way
  • Use a qualified instructor when learning how to ski or how to ride a snowboard. One of the most important things a qualified teacher is going to teach you is the proper way to do the sideways fall mentioned above

If you’ve suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault call James Howard today on 01202 877 400

James Howard
Article by James Howard
James is a Litigation Executive at Newnham & Jordan, specialising in Personal Injury, Landlord & Tenant and other Litigation Matters.

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