(KFVS) - Several agencies have released some safety tips for winter weather.
Generator safety tips from Ameren IL
- style="line-height:normal;">Use heavy-duty extension cords that are specifically designed for outdoor use
- style="line-height:normal;">Make sure the wattage rating for each cord exceeds the total wattage of all appliances connected to it
- style="line-height:normal;">Extension cords must be long enough to allow the generator to be placed outdoors and far away from windows, doors and vents to the home or to other structures that could be occupied
- style="line-height:normal;">Check the entire length of each cord is free of cuts or tears and that the plug has all three prongs
- style="line-height:normal;">Protect the cord from getting pinched or crushed if it passes through a window or doorway
- style="line-height:normal;">Portable generators also must never be operated inside a garage or other building, as generator engines produce deadly carbon monoxide
Winter weather safety tips from the Red Cross
- style="line-height:normal;">Make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones
- style="line-height:normal;">Slow down. Don't follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on icy roadways
- style="line-height:normal;">Don't use cruise control when driving in winter weather
- style="line-height:normal;">Don't pass snow plows
- style="line-height:normal;">Know that ramps, bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways
How to safely get around in snow and ice from St. Louis University occupational therapists.
Here are some simple steps to minimize your fall risk.
Safety begins before you leave the house. Shoe choice can impact stability. It is recommended avoiding boots or shoes with smooth soles or heels. Instead, wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice; boots made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles are best.
A heavy, bulky coat that will cushion you if you should fall in also a wise idea.
Wear sunglasses during the day to help you see better and avoid hazards. Make sure whatever you wear doesn't block your vision.
In addition to keeping your line of vision clear, it's important to remember to not overdo it. While it may be tempting to grab all of your groceries in one load to quickly get out of the cold, it could impact your stability.
You want to leave your hands and arms free to balance yourself.
If there is snow or ice on the ground, it's recommended to bend slightly and walk flat-footed. Put your center of gravity directly over your feet as much as possible. take short steps or shuffle. It also helps to stop occasionally to break momentum.
Extending your arms out to your sides can help to maintain balance. Look ahead when you walk. Walking along the grassy edge of snow-or-ice-covered sidewalks or driveways provides better traction. Use hand railings when walking on steps.
Take your time and focus on safety. Be aware of your surroundings.
What happens if you do find yourself slipping?
- style="line-height: normal;">Anytime you are walking on possibly slick surfaces, keep your hands out of your coat pockets. This lowers your center of gravity while walking and increases balance. You can help break your fall with your hands free if you do start to slip, although this does increase the risk of a wrist injury
- style="line-height: normal;">If you fall backwards, quickly tuck your head forward, chin to chest. Try to extend your arms away from your body and "slap" the ground with your palms and forearms. This maneuver will help prevent your head, wrists and elbows from hitting the ground
- style="line-height: normal;">If you fall to the side, try to allow your forearms to make contact with the ground first, not your hand. Lift your head to the opposite shoulder and continue to roll
- style="line-height: normal;">If you fall forward, try to roll to one side, and follow the same procedure as if you were falling to the side
- style="line-height: normal;">If you do fall, the first thing to do is assess yourself for injuries. If you have struck your head or you think you have broken a bone, attempt to get help before moving. If you think you are uninjured, go ahead and try to get up.
If you haven't hit your head, it's helpful to get off the cold surface rather than staying on it.
It's recommended to turn over onto your hands and knees. Take one foot and place it between your hands, then bring the other foot between your hands. Trying to keep your feet shoulder-width apart, push yourself up from there.