With rain, snow, and other unsafe weather rolling through many areas of the US, it’s a great time to consider these five tips to avoid unnecessarily problems.
ONE / HEADS UP!
Stay clear of overhead hazards. Trees, utility poles, and other natural and man-made objects take a real beating during rough and wet weather. Moisture, including rain water and snow add weight and with additional weight, things fall. Every year, many are injured due to downed trees and overhead outdoor equipment. Stay conscious of where you’re at and avoid being close to things above that could come crashing down.
TWO / STAY CLEAR OF DRAINS
Stay clear of drainage fixtures. Whenever it rains or snows, all of that moisture has to go somewhere and drain fixtures and infrastructure are especially dangerous during those times. Water and debris will definitely build up in those areas and pose a greater risk of slips and falls.
THREE / GET NEWS
Though it’s best to stay indoors when its raining or snowing, if you have to go out, check your local news for street closures, emergency workers, and accidents. Rain and snow can cause all types of havoc in your neighborhood. In your immediate area there may be vehicle accidents, downed trees or telephone poles, mud slides, or even flooding. Before going out, take a minute to check your local news to insure that it’s safe to go out and to understand what areas you should probably avoid.
FOUR / SLOW DOWN
If you have to go out in a vehicle, recognize that many drivers just don’t feel comfortable driving in bad weather. Here, visibility suffers, and vehicles can’t stop, steer, or accelerate they way way they would under normal conditions. To stay safe and make sure you’re trip does not turn into a disaster, slow down your driving and, for better visibility, keep your headlight on, even during the day.
FIVE / PLAN AHEAD
In the midst of bad weather, everything takes longer. Give yourself extra time to get from one location to another. If you don’t plan ahead, you’ll have to rush, and that’s the worst thing to do in bad weather. Also, if you plan ahead, you’ll be prepared with the right clothing, enough time to get where you need to be safely, and you’ll save yourself from all of the many headaches you could have if you don’t plan well for bad weather.