Date: November 19, 2021

By: Attorney Nicole O’Connor

5 Tips to Stay Safe this Winter

Above all, this article gives 5 tips to help keep individuals safe during the winter months in Illinois.

1. Stretch

In general, before doing any strenuous activity it is a good idea to loosen up and stretch. That being said, this especially true in the winter months in Illinois. Therefore, before you start shoveling all the snow we expect to get, stretch out. Furthermore, by properly stretching you are doing your part to avoid potential injuries.

2. Don't Over Do It

Secondly, many may not be aware, but exerting yourself in the winter is more taxing on your body when compared to the other seasons. To avoid any potential issues or injuries, keep yourself hydrated and listen to your body. To clarify, if you feel worn down, take a break.

3. Winter Gear

Thirdly in Illinois, and more specifically the Chicago area, it tends to get brutally cold. Before the freezing temperatures approach, make sure that you have the appropriate clothing and gear for the season. Specifically, you will want to make sure you have a properly fitted winter jacket. In addition, make sure you have winter gloves, a hat, and good winter boots. The biggest danger that winter presents is the cold itself, do not be unprepared. 

4. Move Slowly

Next, be aware that winter brings with it potential hazardous weather conditions. Snow and ice alike can make our roads and sidewalks very slippery, so take your time. Nothing is so pressing to put yourself in harms way, so please slowly approach the decisions you make this winter. Furthermore, be sure to have ice melt salt to melt the ice on your property. You will want to avoid anyone getting hurt on your property and avoid a slip and fall case for example. Lastly, be aware that you are responsible for what happens on your property. In the event someone gets injured, it could fall back on you resulting in a personal injury case.

5. Bring a Buddy

In the event you are active outside in the winter, it is always a good idea to bring a buddy. For example, lets say you are a snowboarder and get hurt, you will likely want someone you are familiar with to help you. Venturing off on your own is never a good idea, and this is especially true in the cold months.