Oklahoma may have avoided winter weather for the most part, but with Christmas tomorrow, cold weather isn’t far away. Winter is a particularly risky time for brain injury as wet and slippery weather make the risk of falls considerably higher. Falling can cause serious injuries including lacerations or broken bones, but falling is also one of the leading causes of brain injury so it is important to take extra care.
You can cut your chances of suffering a brain injury this holiday season by following a few tips:
- Plan ahead. Include the weather in your planning and avoid going out in winter weather unless absolutely necessary. If it can wait until the weather and sidewalks are clear, so can you.
- Give yourself extra time to get where you are going. Rushing leads to carelessness and not looking where you are going, which makes your chances of falling and hurting yourself much higher.
- Take the path of least resistance. Look ahead and watch for dangerous areas of ice in your path. If needed, find alternate routes to avoid taking unnecessary risk.
- Choose the right shoes. You can be fashionable and safe at the same time. Choose boots or shoes that give you traction and be sure to walk careful and deliberately. There could always be ice lurking under your next step.
- Take extra care in parking lots. Parking lots are notorious for having sneaky patches of ice in between parking spaces, so be careful when entering and exiting your car. Hold on to your door or car as you get out to give yourself extra support. Watch for cars stopping and sliding in parking lots.
- Keep your vision sharp. Poor vision can make it harder to get around safely. Have your eyes checked every year and wear your glasses or contact lenses to help you see the most clearly.
- Keep your hands free. Wear gloves so you can keep your hands out of your pockets to help you balance. Avoid carrying heavy loads or children that may cause you to become off balance.
We don’t get as much snow and ice as more northern states, but that is no reason to take it lightly when it gets here. Protect yourself from falls and brain injury and take a little extra care when snow or ice might be on the ground.