Skiing And Snowboarding Safety Tips You Might Not Already Know About

Winter activities may be exciting, but they’re also dangerous. Experts at the Center for Injury Research and Policy highlight the wrists and arms as chief areas of injury for snowboarders, while skiers more commonly encounter issues with their knees, heads, or faces. Serious incidents often involve traumatic brain injuries, which are the leading cause of death in both sports. Thankfully, a variety of precautions can minimize these risks. Wear Proper Safety Equipment Far too many skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes without bothering to invest in necessary equipment. No matter how advanced their skill level, winter athletes can benefit from…

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Tips for Risk Reduction While Shoveling Snow And Clearing Ice

A layer of snow adds instant beauty to the local winter landscape, but it can also prove extremely dangerous. The hazards of winter driving are well-known, but many people remain woefully unaware of the extent to which shoveling and other necessary winter tasks can lead to injury — or what they can do to protect themselves. Dress For the Weather Shoveling always takes longer than expected, so dress accordingly. Coats, hats, and mittens are essential. Quality footwear is even more important, however, as a lack of tread could cause you to slip. Take Your Time Resist the urge to load…

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Top Black Ice Dangers — And What to Do About Them

Winter weather sparks its fair share of grumbling, but some conditions extend beyond annoying to prove downright dangerous. Black ice, in particular, places drivers and pedestrians at risk. It can’t always be avoided, but preventative efforts can at least reduce the risk of spin-outs or falls. Driving With black ice, the cliche of an ounce of protection being worth a pound of cure definitely applies. Some areas are more prone to black ice than others — and should be handled accordingly. Tree-lined roads and other areas lacking sunshine are particularly vulnerable. Lesser-traveled roads tend to form more black ice than…

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Frost on the Roads: Identifying the Dangers And Navigating Around Them

Believe it or not, there’s plenty to love about the cold season. Road conditions, however, do not belong on that list of positives. With the end of summer construction comes a sudden increase in weather-based hazards that place even the most attentive drivers at risk. With a little awareness, however, it’s possible to navigate winter roads without finding yourself in harm’s way. Ice Is Not the Only Danger Winter drivers are well aware of the perils posed by black ice, but this is by no means the only cold-weather hazard that can make roads dangerous in the winter. Frost can…

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Staying Safe During Extreme Cold Temperatures

Much of the United States recently experienced extremely cold temperatures. The Polar Vortex can be quite dangerous – many people risk serious health conditions, such as hypothermia, during these cold temperatures. Follow these Far North tips to stay safe and warm during the Polar Vortex. Wear Lots of Layers If you’re not used to cold weather, you may believe that you do not have an appropriate winter wardrobe. The key to surviving the winter does not necessarily involve special cold weather gear – layers are key. By layering lots of clothes on top of each other, you can trap warm…

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Safety Tips for Driving in Sleet and “Wintry Mix” Weather

February and March are unpredictable times for the weather in the DC area. While driving in snow has its own challenges, as the weather grows slightly milder, we run the risk of other types of “wintry mix” weather—for example, sleet, freezing rain/fog and rain-snow mixes—which can make the roads even more hazardous than snow alone. Let’s look at some of these weather conditions and how you can stay safe on the roads. Sleet Sleet occurs when air aloft is warmer than air at the surface—a condition that frequently happens as the seasons start changing. Snow melts as it falls, then…

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The Dangers of Not Getting Enough Sunlight During the Winter and How to Manage Them

We’ve all heard that too much sun can cause skin cancer—but did you know that not enough sun can also increase your cancer risk? Among other illnesses and side effects, a lack of sunlight can cause Vitamin D deficiency, which studies have linked to several types of cancers, according to Cancer.gov. Vitamin D deficiency is more widespread than most people realize. Dr. Betty Kovacs Harbolic elaborates in this article from MedicineNet: “Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is now a global public-health problem affecting an estimated 1 billion people worldwide.” This problem is most prevalent during winter months when we naturally…

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