When the outside conditions become cold and icy, trying to keep ourselves and home safe can become difficult. Although winter weather comes each year, most of us are not prepared for its arrival. Planning is key to keeping you safe and healthy this winter season.

Preparing your home for the winter:

  • Install weather stripping insulation to doors and windows.
  • Clean gutters and repair any roof leaks.
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
  • Have your heating system serviced to make sure it is clean.
  • Inspect and clean fire places and chimneys.
  • Have a backup heating system.
  • Make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
  • Have extra salt and shovels on hand.

Preparing your car for winter:

  • Start with a checkup on your vehicle: This includes checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle: This should include a shovel, ice scraper, spare tire, jumper cables, bags of salt, tool kit, first aid kit, flares, a compass, non-perishable foods and a working flashlight with extra batteries.  
  • Practice safe driving: If you find yourself on icy roadways, the most important thing to do is slow down.
  • Remember car doors can freeze: Buy a tube of glycerin at your local hardware store. You can use this for de-icing.  It is important to keep this outside of your vehicle though. Keep it in a purse or work bag so you can use the glycerin to de-ice your doors.

Preparing for outdoor activities:

  • Dress for the weather. This includes wearing appropriate shoes such as snow boots with tread.
  • Keep hands out of pockets for balance.
  • Use handrails when available.
  • Wipe your feet off when entering a building.
  • Avoid distractions such as a cell phone.
  • Avoid carrying items. If you begin to fall, toss whatever you are carrying.
  • Plan your route ahead of time and give yourself plenty of time.

Recovering compensation after a slip and fall accident.

Slip falls are one of the most common injury claims pursued during the winter months.  These types of accidents can often lead to serious injuries which means costly medical bills and missed time from work.  

If the owner of the property failed to maintain, take appropriate precautions or fix a known problem that contributed to an injury, a personal injury claim may be pursued.  Contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your case.

Source: CDC, “Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter”