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 shoveling alone sends more than 11,000 people to the hospital each year—11 percent with cardiac-related problems. Of the more than 1.3 million annual weather-related crashes, 41 percent occur when snow, sleet, slush or ice are present. And sadly, the harsh winter cold is responsible for twice as many fatalities as summer’s heat.
Nearly all Americans 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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