Winter in Southern Ontario has officially arrived. There’s snow on the ground, the temperature has dropped, and holiday parties are starting. With winter weather and activities, there is always a risk of personal injury. Luckily, these risks can be avoided and prevented with some foresight and preparation. Safety for yourself and those around you is paramount to fully enjoying the season.
Safety Tips for Winter Driving
First and foremost, get snow tires for your car. They are proven to have better traction in snowy and icy conditions than all seasons, which is absolutely necessary for the weather in Ontario. It’s best to get them as early as possible so you can be prepared for the road conditions at any time during the winter. They help prevent sliding and give you more stability when driving, preventing accidents and injuries.
Slow and careful driving is also necessary for winter driving. If road conditions are harsh, you should be driving below the posted speed limit and leaving space between you and the car in front of you. If you need to brake quickly and there isn’t enough space, you could get caught in an accident.
At this time of year, holiday parties seem to happen every week. When you’re attending or hosting parties, always make sure there are designated drivers or taxis available to get people home safely. Cases of impaired driving increase at this time of year, causing accidents and injuries, or worse.
Cold Weather Safety Tips
One of the most common causes of injury in Ontario is slips and falls. In winter, this is particularly threatening. When walking in the snow, always make sure you’re wearing proper footwear and winter clothing. You don’t want to walk with your hands in your pockets – make sure you’re wearing warm gloves so you can balance yourself if you lose your footing.
Always walk slowly when on a snowy or icy surface, particularly stairs. When exiting a vehicle, there may be ice or snow hidden underneath that is easy to slip on as you’re trying to stand up.
On your property (personal or business), you bear the responsibility for making sure that it’s as safe as possible for those who are on it. Salting and shoveling will help prevent slips and falls. Indoors, using mats will help prevent slipping on wet floors or surfaces. These measures can help you and anyone visiting your property avoid winter injuries.
Winter Sports Safety
Because of the environment, winter sports can pose a lot of risks to our health and safety. The most important way to prevent personal injury to yourself and others is to use the proper equipment. Helmets, warm clothes, goggles, mouth guards, and any other required equipment should be worn even for leisure or pickup games.
For more extreme sports like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, snowboarding, or skiing, for example, it’s important to make sure you always go in pairs and ensure that other people know about your whereabouts in case there are any problems.
Avoiding winter injuries is possible if you take the right precautions with these winter safety tips. If you or a loved one has been involved in a winter-related accident, contact Nyland Personal Injury Law. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.