The beginning of Canadian winter is a fun and magical time. However, this can lead to forgetting the hidden dangers of snow and ice. Check out these 8 tips to keep you safe this winter.
Tip 1: Wear the Appropriate Winter Gear
The first step to being prepared this winter is wearing the proper clothing. Make sure you are wearing proper winter boots to reduce slipping on ice, a warm jacket, dry mittens, socks, and a hat.
Tip 2: Keep Entranceways & Sidewalks Clear
Make sure areas that have frequent foot traffic are cleared. Keep entranceways clear of snow and ice when possible. If you see possible hazards, report them to your landlord, employer, or the city.
Tip 3: Distance Yourself from Other Motorists
Driving in snowy conditions can be scary. Our advice is to give yourself ample time to reach your destination and keep a good distance between you and other cars to avoid a collision.
Tip 4: Wear Reflective Clothing
The arrival of winter brings shorter days and longer nights. Being a pedestrian when it is dark is unavoidable this time of year. Wearing something reflective isn’t a bad idea to keep yourself visible to traffic. When walking your dog, a light-up or reflective collar isn’t a bad idea.
Tip 5: Enjoy Winter Activities During the Day
Snow means tobogganing and other fun winter sports. Avoid preventable accidents by only sledding during the day. This way you have the best visibility possible concerning any hazards that may be in the way.
Tip 6: Ride Your Bike on Wet Pavement Only
If cycling in the winter, don’t ride over snow because it could be hiding ice. Always try and ride on wet or dry pavement if possible.
Tip 7: Have an Emergency Kit in Your Vehicle
Always be prepared to be out in the cold longer than anticipated. If your car was to break down, having an emergency kit with things like a flashlight, water bottles, non-perishable snacks, extra clothes, and blankets is a great idea. In case you get stuck, keep an extra shovel and a bag of sand to help with traction.
Tip 8: Take Pictures of Accident Locations
If you have fallen on some ice, make sure you take photos of the area. Weather changes rapidly in the winter, and snow and ice can melt by noon. Without a photo, the ice could have already melted, and you won’t have any proof if you decide to take the injury to the court.
Always be mindful of the weather conditions before leaving your home or work, but don’t let fear stop you from enjoying the winter Canadian landscape this year! Enjoy your winter activities and stay safe. If you or anyone you know is injured this winter, don’t hesitate to reach out to Zuber Brioux.