Winter has arrived--with a venegence. Shovels and snow plows are out of storage for the season, and there's probably a layer
of frost covering the windows. Winter can be quite beautiful from the safety of your home, but it can be dangerous as soon as you step out the front door, from an increased risk of frostbite and slip-and-fall injuries to impaired road conditions.
With proper preparation and attentiveness to potential hazardous seasonal conditions, many of the risks of winter can be greatly reduced or avoided altogether.
Timothy Sanborn, MD, Cardiologist at NorthShore, offers the following winter safety tips:
How do you prepare for winter weather?
Blustery winds, snow banks and icy paths don’t always make for pleasant trips outdoors to run errands, participate
in winter sports or shovel. And, although there isn’t anything we can do to change the outdoor temperatures, we can be sure to dress appropriately when outside to avoid getting too cold or suffering from frostbite.
Ernest Wang, MD, Emergency Department physician at NorthShore, provides his insight on how to stay warm and safe this winter season:
What are some of your favorite outdoor winter activities? What do you do to stay warm?