Taking some simple steps before a winter storm hits can reduce the risk of falls around your home.
With the National Weather Service reporting bone-chilling temperatures below 14 degrees Fahrenheit for one major city and massive amounts of snow affecting many others, safety is top of mind for many Americans. Preparing your home for snow and ice can help prevent the slips and falls that account for 300,000 serious injuries and 20,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Reduce the risk of falls by following some of these simple steps.
Prepping the areas around the entryways of your home can help prevent the chance of a fall during the colder months.
Clearing walkways and treating the surfaces with salt or sand is key to preventing falls. Wooden porches, decks or steps have a tendency to become especially slick in winter. Be prepared with adequate supplies of salt and sand.
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