Think Safe, Act Safe, and Be Safe this Winter
It’s a new year and old man winter is already in full effect. FedEx has a few winter safety tips to help keep you and your family safe, warm and secure on the roads and at home.
TIP 1: Staying Warm
Working outside or walking in the cold from store-to-store to find the perfect gift, the key word is layer. Wear at least three layers of clothing outer layer to block wind and allow ventilation, middle layer of wool or synthetic fabric to absorb sweat and retain insulation, and an inner layer of cotton or synthetic weave to allow ventilation. Also, protect feet, hands, face, and head. When your head is exposed, up to 40% of body heat can be lost. Insulated footwear protects against cold and dampness.
TIP 2: Ice Skating without Skates
Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks. Slips and falls occur frequently in winter weather, resulting in ankle and knee injuries. To reduce your chances of muscle injuries, do a few basic stretching exercises before going out in the cold weather.
TIP3: Slow down Speedracer!
Don’t drive faster than your ability to see ahead or to stop safely. And make sure your windshield wiper blades and defroster are in good working order and that your tires are in good condition.
TIP 4: This is Not the Winter Olympics
Prepare for your route by knowing the weather in advance. Snow, like rain, increases the distance required to stop. Allow extra space between you and the vehicle ahead. This gives you extra room for stopping and better vision. Also, steer, brake, and accelerate smoothly to avoid skidding.
TIP 5: Is Your Tank Empty?
Keep cars and other vehicles fueled and in good repair (i.e. battery, ignition system, lights, flashers, heater, brakes defroster, tires).
TIP 6: Jack Frost has Your Vehicle Stuck
Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way. Keep a light touch on the gas, and ease forward. Don’t spin you wheels – you’ll just dig in deeper. Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you’re in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going. Also, if you’re at the pet, grocery or discount store, pick up a bag of kitty litter and keep it in the trunk. You can sprinkle it under the tires for additional traction.
TIP 7: And Today’s Weather is
Listen to local weather to know how the public is warned (siren, radio, TV, etc.) and the warning terms for each kind of disaster in your community; e.g.: Winter watches, advisories and warnings.
TIP 8: Dressing the House
Winterize your house, by wrapping pipes in insulation, let indoor faucets drip to avoid freezing, and know how to shut off water valves.