Safety in the Snow

shutterstock_19071739 Winter park in snowWe’re bracing for a blizzard here on Long Island.  While the snow is pretty to look at sitting in the warmth of your living room but once you step outside all bets are off.

Winter Driving

Stay off the roads for your safety and also to stay out of the way of the plows. If you absolutely have to drive AAA has compiled information to keep you safe when you have to drive in the snow. There more terrific advice on the site.

Tips for driving in the snow:

  •  Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

Shoveling Safety

If you are planning to go out and shovel the National Safety Council has put together safety tips.  You can read them all here, but I here are some highlights

  • If you have a history of heart disease do not shovel unless you have consulted with your health professional
  • Take it slow! Shoveling (like lifting weights) can raise your heart rate and blood pressure dramatically; so pace yourself.  Be sure to stretch out and warm up before taking on the task.
  • Shovel only fresh snow.  Freshly fallen, powdery snow is easier to shovel than the wet, packed-down variety.
  • Push the snow as you shovel.  it’s easier on your back than lifting the show out of the way.

Keeping your children safe in the snow

With the large amount of snow and possible blizzard conditions tonight and tomorrow there is a great possibility that schools will be closed tomorrow.(Visit News12 Long Island for closings – there are already closings and delays listed.)

Nemours has advice for parents and children regarding “How to Be Safe in the Ice and Snow.”

Related links

posted by – Susan, Health Reference

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