|Winter is almost here. Many are preparing for the upcoming holidays and looking forward to snowball fights, wood crackling in the fireplace, winter sports and more. But the magic of a winter wonderland can bring hazards. Snow shovelling alone spikes emergency room visits each year—and a study out of Queens University found that seven percent of patients reporting heart problems started to notice symptoms while shovelling snow. There are more than 120,000 annual traffic accidents that cause injury across the country, with many occurring when snow, sleet, slush or ice are present. And sadly, the harsh winter cold and storms are responsible for more than 100 deaths in Canada each year.All Canadians encounter winter weather-related hazards at some point in time. Storms and blizzards, extreme cold, snow, frost and wind chills pose threats to residents from coast to coast. Preparing for Old Man Winter can help mitigate its threats and keep community members safe and warm this winter season. Share these winter safety tips with your agency and all it serves:|
Winter is coming—it is inevitable. Share these tips with your entire community to keep everyone safe and warm this upcoming season. Then, let it snow!
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