By SLV Health Employee Safety Committee
With the winter season upon us, the SLV Health Employee Safety Committee wanted to take a moment to share some good safety tips and reminders not only about appropriate clothing to help reduce the chance for slips and falls, but also additional tips related to car preparation for traveling in winter conditions:
- Wear appropriate shoes or boots! Remember, when outside, the temperature is normally below freezing. Anything that looks like it is just wet is most likely frozen into ice.
- Do not walk with your hands in your pockets. Your hands are important for keeping you balanced when faced with a possible fall.
- Walk on or in cleared paths to doorways and parking areas. Do not climb over piles of snow or ice.
- Have the antifreeze checked on your vehicle. It should offer protection to at least -25 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Check the condition of your battery. Batteries that are weak should be replaced.
- Check the condition of your wiper blades. If it has been a year or more, they should be replaced. Also make sure your wiper fluid is full. Road spray creates very dangerous visibility conditions.
- Check your tires. Make sure they are all season or snow rated and have appropriate tread to safely get through snow and ice conditions.
- Have extra winter clothing and blankets kept in your vehicle in case you get stranded or have a roadside emergency such as a flat tire.
- Keep water in your car and emergency non –perishable food such as food bars, nuts or trail mix, etc. Water may need to be taken out of your car at night to prevent it from freezing but remember to take back to the car when you leave the next day.
- Bring an extra set of cloths with you in case you get stuck at work for more than your scheduled shift.
- Slow Down! When driving in winter conditions, leave early and leave extra room between you and the car in front of you. If you are late, remember, better to arrive late than not at all!
- If you have a cell phone, make sure the battery is fully charged before you begin your trip. Use a vehicle charger if available. Do not talk on your cell phone while driving. Pull over to the side of the road or get off the road completely to make or take a call.
- Clean your windshield completely from snow and frost. Peep holes severely limit your visibility and dramatically increase your chance of being involved in an accident.
These are just a few simple things we can all do or have done by a qualified service center that will make our winter driving safer and help ensure a trouble free winter.
This is the time of year that companies typically experience a rather large increase to our worker's compensation premium due to a constant trend of injuries; a majority of which are related to slips and falls. So please, slow down, dress appropriately, and be aware of body mechanics and safety precautions that can help minimize or even eliminate injury.