The winter might be one of the most beautiful times here in the Carolinas, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there are a few things that we can do to help keep everyone safe throughout this chilly season.
Our Asheville personal injury attorneys understand that home fires are more common during the winter months than during any other season out of the year. Hazards can come from space heaters, candles and fireplaces. In 2010, there were close to 200,000 residential building fires in the U.S. just from cooking, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Because of heating, there were another 50,000 residential building fires during the same year. Many of these accidents could have been prevented.
Residents should carefully bundle up during this time, too. From 1999 to jut 2004, there were close to 650 people who were killed by hypothermia. Many of these accidents occurred during the winter season. Even weather in the 50s and 60s can become dangerous, particularly with wind and longer exposure times. Make sure that you’re aware of the symptoms of these conditions and you know how to treat them. This is one of the best things you can do to help keep you, your family and your friends safe.
Many of our youngest are at the highest risks for cold-related injuries, especially while playing outdoor sports. In 2009, there were close to 20,000 Americans who wound up in an emergency room because of injuries sustained while playing sports in the winter weather. The most common of these sports include snowmobiling, snowboarding, sledding and skiing. Keep an eye on those around you playing these chilly sports. Encourage frequent breaks. Stay hydrated. And always remember you don’t want to stay outside in the cold for too long!
One danger that you might not ever think about is the risk associated with carbon monoxide poisoning. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the most common month for these incidents is the month of January, followed by the month of December. Residents are urged to use carbon monoxide detectors and to ensure they’re working. As of now, less than a third of all Americans have these detectors in their home.
One of these winter threats that affect the most people is driving through winter conditions. Fatal car accidents were close to 15 percent more likely to happen on the first day of snow of the season than on any day after. Unfortunately, it takes too long for drivers to adjust to these driving conditions. We’re asking drivers to slow it down and to pay attention to the road. Make sure your tires are in good condition and that you’re driving for the conditions at hand. It only takes a second of inattention to cause a fatal accident. Make sure your car is ready for the snow and make sure that you’re driving cautiously.
If you or a loved one has been injured in the winter weather, contact the Carolina injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 800-887-1965. Serving all of the Carolinas, including Winston-Salem, Charlotte and North Wilkesboro.
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