We want you to have a happy Holiday Season – and there’s nothing holly or jolly about an injury or being stranded in the cold without supplies – so please keep these winter-safety tips in mind, indoors and out:

Avoid Falls: Walk carefully, assume all wet patches are ice, and wear shoes that give you solid traction when you’re outside on ice, slippery sidewalks and snowy roads. (But remember to take your wet shoes off when you return inside to avoid slipping on smooth, hard floors!)

Stay Warm: We typically produce less body heat we age, so wearing multiple layers and only going outside for short periods of time is advised. If you must go outside, cover all exposed skin to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.

Avoid Excess Physical Labor: The combination of the cold and exertion of shoveling heavy snow, pushing a stuck car or walking in deep snow can cause a heart attack, and sweating in low temperatures can lead to chills and hypothermia.

Car Safety: We all know that driving during icy and snowy conditions can be extremely hazardous, especially for seniors whose reflexes are not as quick as they used to be. Have your family’s cars completely serviced for the winter months, and make sure all wipers, antifreeze levels and tires are up to par. Always wait until the roads have been cleared before venturing out. In addition to an easily accessible cell phone and seatbelt cutter, every car should carry an emergency kit that includes:

  • All necessary medications
  • Blankets
  • Shovel and ice scraper
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  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit
  • Bottled water and snacks such as nuts or granola bars
  • Flashlight with fresh spare batteries
  • Radio for traffic reports and emergency notifications
  • Sand or kitty litter for better tire traction
  • Flares or reflective triangle

Fire and Gas Hazards: Fireplaces and stoves are fire hazards if they are not properly vented and maintained – and they can also leak carbon monoxide. Make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working, and keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times.

Stock Your Home for Emergencies: It is important to have ample provisions on hand in the event that you are unable to leave your home for an extended period of time. Items include:

  • Cell phone
  • Bottled water and food that does not require refrigeration and can be prepared without heat or electricity
  • Extra doses of prescription medications
  • Flashlight with fresh spare batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Radio for emergency notifications

For information about how Cascade Living Group can help make winter wory free, visit our website and browse our community profiles.