Protecting Carolina Residents Through the Wicked Winter

We’ve got frequent temperatures in the teens and residents throughout the state are trying to stay warm, but with this warmth come some serious risks. With many of us using generators and space heaters to stay warm, we’re all increasing our risks for an accident.
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But the risks don’t stop with the heaters. We’ve also got serious risks for snowy car accidents, icy slip and fall incidents, carbon monoxide, heart attack risks from overexertion and hypothermia dangers.

Our Greensboro personal injury attorneys understand that the recent polar vortex caused some serious problems throughout the U.S. and really heightened our awareness of the cold weather and its risks. Authorities have blamed a total of 15 deaths on the cold so far, 11 of them from traffic accidents. Luckily, the best way to head off all of these dangers is preparation.

Car Accidents:

-The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.

– Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.

-Clear snow and ice off your car – including windows, mirrors, lights, reflectors, hood, roof and trunk.

-Be cautious on bridges and overpasses as they are commonly the first areas to become icy.

-Turn on your headlights so your car is visible to other drivers, even in daylight.

-Allow for the increased stopping distance (three times’ worth) needed on slippery road surfaces; always allow a larger gap between your vehicle and the car ahead.

Slip and Fall:

-Wear the proper footwear. Although it may not be glamorous to wear a pair of boots, it will give you traction, not to mention keep your feet warm. If you want to wear heels or other kinds of shoes, simply carry an extra pair with you to change in to.

-Mark potentially “highly vulnerable” areas. You know them so you better mark them now. Determine walkways and other areas that may be covered up with snow or ice. Then, mark these areas with a highly visible pole or a similar marker.

-Walk on surfaces that have been cleared or treated if possible. Avoid taking shortcuts.

Carbon Monoxide:

-CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home.

-Never use portable generators inside homes or garages, even if doors and windows are open. Use generators outside only, far away from the home.

-If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Don’t leave a car, SUV or motorcycle engine running inside a garage, even if the doors are open.

Hypothermia:

-Adjust your work schedule to the cold or changing weather. Don’t punish yourself too much. Just because you have to work outside and it feels like stepping into a walk-in freezer, it doesn’t mean you have to bask in the frigid winds all day.

-Dress in layers. Always wrap up well when going outside in the cold.

-Eat hot foods and drink warm drinks several times during the day.

Contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Carolina Trucking Companies Declared “Imminent Hazards”, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, January 16, 2014

Protecting Carolina Children from Deadly Everyday Risks
, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, January 12, 2014

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