Although it has been quite warm for this winter season in Atlanta, winter weather always inevitably strikes, and it is best to be prepared. With the possibility of wintry weather approaching Georgia in the coming weeks, it is wise to use the following basic tips to keep yourself safe while outdoors.
It is best to dress in layers on days that it is frigid cold. Start with fabrics that will hold more body heat and don’t absorb moisture, such as wool or silk. Your outer layer of clothing is what should protect you from wind, rain, snow, etc.
If you have to conduct work outside, be sure to work slowly.
Heart attacks are very common when working in extremely cold weather. The frigid air puts a strain on your heart, so working slowly can reduce one’s risk.
Avoid walking on ice.
Falls on icy sidewalks, driveways, and porches are one of the most common ways that injuries occur during winter months. To avoid injury, try not to walk on areas that are prone to freezing. At your home, it is wise to keep sand or another type of ice melt to spread across your driveway, porch, patio, and other walking areas. For more ways to prepare your home for the winter months, click here.
Wet clothing will cool your body very fast and could cause serious illness or injury. Stay dry to avoid needing medical assistance.
Avoid traveling on icy or snowy roadways, overpasses, and bridges if possible.
These are the areas that will ice first, so it is important to steer clear from them, if at all possible, to avoid a dangerous situation.
If there is a chance of freezing weather or a snowstorm, stay home if you can.
Roads quickly become too dangerous for travel and staying home can reduce your risk of getting stranded.
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For additional tips on how to stay prepared for travel in winter weather, click here.