As we shovel through this winter season, we are continuously reminded how to stay safe while working in snow and icy conditions. Walking and driving may seem like simple actions on an average day; however, in the winter months these routine motions pose increased risk and exposure to potential hazards. Below are tips to help us get through the remainder of this winter season:
Tips To Avoid Slips, Trips & Falls
•Wear the proper footgear for the weather conditions.
•When navigating icy conditions, bend slightly forward and shorten your stride or shuffle your feet. This will give you better stability as you walk. Pointing your feet slightly outward helps keep your center of balance.
•Balance yourself with your arms. Keep your hands out of your pockets and distribute the weight of bags or packages evenly for better balance.
•Avoid shortcuts across snow-covered areas. Always use cleared paths.
•Remove as much snow and water from your boots as you can prior to entering a building. Wet floors and stairs are likely very slippery.
Use 3 Points of Contact:
•While entering or exiting vehicles, maintain 3 points of contact at all times.
•Hold on to handrails on stairs and place as much of your foot on the step as possible.
•Enter and exit vehicles empty handed and very carefully. Face the vehicle as you ascend or descend the vehicle steps and place both feet on the pavement before you attempt to stand.
Snow Bank Safe Driving Tips:
•Drivers should expect the unexpected when driving near snow banks.
•Anticipate limited visibility especially at intersections and parking lot entrances/exits.
•Turns may be more difficult when snow banks limit visibility.
•Roads may become exceptionally narrow due to large snow banks.
•Watch for hidden hazards in snow banks and drifts
•Remember that snow banks can hide pedestrians especially children.
•Pay attention. Be alert. Remember that if you can’t see what is behind that snow bank, anything behind the snow bank can’t see you.
How Massage can help after Shoveling:
A lot of people shoveled snow in the last 24 hours and are experiencing aches and pains as a result. There are some at home treatments that one can do to ease the pain and stiffness. First off DO NOT USE HEAT, heat will constrict your muscles leaving you prone to tears within the muscles plus it promotes inflammation. Inflammation is bad for muscles and your body as a whole. First thing to try is cold packs, the cold will bring relief to the sore muscles.
How can an Elements massage help? Massage after an injury or strain can help by manipulating the soft tissue layers of your muscles. The kind of strokes that are used in massage can help relieve any stuck muscle fibers or connective tissue. While most therapists conclude that Deep Tissue is the way to go not everyone can handle the pressure. Try a Swedish Fusion massage for that.
For the next big dig stretch before hand and book yourself a Massage.