Winter can be a great time of the year to cozy up, enjoy precious time with our loved ones, and celebrate family time. However, it is just as important to keep in mind that winter brings on an increased risk of home accidents, fires, and treacherous situations that may require prompt intervention.
However, there is a lot that you can do to keep your family and home safe throughout the colder months of the year. In this guide, we’ll look at some of the most important – and easiest to implement! – strategies to boost health and safety at home.
Know Where To Find Urgent And Emergency Care At All Times
Urgent care may be necessary in non-life-threatening situations that still require prompt attention, like minor fractures, fever, or dehydration. On the other hand, emergency care may be needed for serious medical emergencies such as heart attacks, severe injuries, or stroke.
In any case, it is important that you don’t find yourself looking for ways to help in an emergency! The stress and challenges of an emergency situation can prevent you from thinking clearly and increase reaction times. To be fully prepared, be sure to know where to find emergency or urgent care before an emergency. A great starting point is to note down and display the contact details of a local clinic, as well as emergency numbers.
Reduce The Risk Of Fires In The Home
In the winter months, due to the use of heaters, candles, and fireplaces, the risk of home fires increases significantly. To make sure that your whole home and family stay safe, don’t hesitate to speak to your local fire department and introduce fire safety measures. Also, train everyone in the family in the actions to take in the event of fire – knowing your evacuation routes and meeting points will help everyone!
Create A Home That Is Conducive To Health
To lower the risk of diseases, illnesses, and accidents in the home, there’s a few investments that you may choose to make. First example, adequate insulation can help reduce temperature spikes and drops, while circulating fresh air will improve indoor air quality and choosing natural cleaning products can prevent chemical injuries. Some easy steps to take everyday for a healthier home include decluttering, opening the windows, cleaning your HVAC filters, and choosing natural products over harsh chemicals.
Be Prepared For Challenging Situations
The unpredictable weather of winter – like severe snowstorms and strong winds, can cause you to deal with emergency situations. And, according to statistics by the CDC, most people are not prepared to deal with an emergency.
Fortunately, you can increase your level of preparedness and keep your family safe by following some easy steps:
- Learn more about first aid and CPR
- Create and maintain a first aid kit
- Stock up on essential supplies, including ready meals and water
- Have a backup generator in case of power outages
- Have emergency supplies, including flashlights, batteries, a whistle, and a toolkit
- If you rely on your smartphone for emergency alert, information, and guidelines, have an emergency battery packed ready at all times.
- Make copies of your documents and have some cash at hand
Prevent Domestic Accidents – And Have A Contingency Plan In Place!
Domestic accidents are common all-year-round, but they are more likely to happen in the house during the winter months, also due to the increased amount of time spent indoors. Cuts, scrapes, falls, and strains may seem like a minor threat, but they can become an emergency if you don’t know how to address them.
To ensure you are able to provide care for your family, consider having a first aid kit at hand at all times and consider the importance of enrolling in a first aid training course. This may seem like a minor step to take, but being able to deal with instances like suffocation, shock, or heart failure can truly save someone’s life.