03 Jan 2014
January 3, 2014

Winter Injury Prevention

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The holidays are over and the true heart of winter has arrived. This is the time of year of subzero temperatures, snow and ICE. During this time of year, the possibility of slip and falls are increased. Here are a few tips to prevent those nasty falls that can result in strains, sprains and even broken bones.

  • Keep in mind that any walking surface has the potential to be a slippery surface.
  • Walk slowly and take shorter steps will give you time to react to the irregular or slippery surface.
  • Wear boots or shoes that have some sort of tread to grab the surface. This help with traction and possibly prevent a fall.
  • Thoroughly salt or sand your driveway, walkways and sidewalks.
  • If you are in a situation where you cannot safely walk on the snow or ice, ask someone around you for assistance.

Snow Blower Safety

Snow blowers are a nice and convenient way of clearing snow from your driveway and sidewalks. Snow blowers can also be dangerous! Sometimes things get stuck in the auger blades or chute of your snow blower. If this happens, DO NOT reach in with your hand to clear the clog. The auger blades can still be in motion even when the machine is turned off. If you reach in with your hand to remove the clog, you can also have a finger or hand removed as well. BE VERY CAREFUL!

  • Turn the power to the snow blower off and wait a minimum of 5 seconds for the auger blades to stop rotating.
  • Disengage the clutch.
  • Using a large stick or broom handle to insert in the chute or auger blade to dislodge the clog.
  • ALWAYS keep hands and feet away from any moving parts.

~ Tom Keranen, PTA