Introduction:Ice storms bring treacherous conditions and contribute to a lot of personal injuries during the winter season. The below ice storm safety tips will help keep you and your body upright.
Precautions should be taken whenever the mercury dips below 32F (freezing) or even a bit above, depending on the wind chill conditions. If there is water on the road or sidewalk though, be safe and think that it's ice, even if it isn't.
Anytime you have to walk on ice, you must have boots that have a good gripping soul. If you're in an area where ice abounds most of the winter season, purchase a pair with spikes on the bottom to give yourself the most grip on the ice.
Make sure that your boots are securely tied also. They should be firmly affixed to your feet so they don't contribute to your slipping.
Purchase snow or ice melt and pretreat your sidewalk and steps before the winter ice storm hits. Continue the treatments at least every hour during the ice storm but do not consider your sidewalk safe. Practice precautions anyway when you have to go outside.
In the case that you do slip on the icy sidewalk, you'll have a better chance of protecting yourself if you break your fall with your hands. Wear a few pairs of fleece or down gloves to give yourself the best cushioning if you go down.
If there's a handrail around, cling to it as you walk on icy sidewalks. In fact, use any surface to sturdy yourself against slipping during winter weather.
When getting out of your car on an icy surface, put both feet outside before standing up to give yourself the most secure surface and balance.
If you have dogs or outside cats who must go out even winter conditions, check the packaging for warnings before purchasing snow or ice melt crystals. Some are fatal to animals but there are various products on the market that will melt ice and snow but will keep your animals safe.
You can use kosher salt to melt ice but not if you have dogs or cats - when your pets come inside, they're sure to lick their paws and the last thing you want is them to ingest a material that can be harmful to them.
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