Winter Safety: At Home & On the Road

Ice skating, hot chocolate, and cozy evenings by the fire. . . . Winter definitely has its advantages. But it also features slippery roads and icy sidewalks. Before the next snow storm hits, do some planning to keep your family, friends, and visitors safe.

Winter Driving Safety

When planning a winter car trip—keep safety on your checklist!

  • >> Listen to news reports and check traffic websites for closings and poor road conditions.
  • >> Dress for cold weather and store extra clothing in the car in case you have to leave the warmth of your vehicle.
  • >> Fully charge your cell phone and keep a charger in the car.
  • >> Always allow extra time to reach your appointment or destination.
  • >> Double check your windshield washer fluid and wiper blades.
  • >> Make sure all passengers are buckled up before setting off.
  • >> Prevent snow glare by setting your lights on low beam.
  • >> Pull over if conditions become too hazardous.
  • >> Maintain extra distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • >> Watch carefully for stopped cars and pedestrians.

  • Shoveling for Safety

    According to the American Red Cross, accidental deaths occur most often in January, when an estimated 1,000 people die from outside falls. But keeping your driveway, walkways, and porch safe is more than just grabbing a snow shovel. A sense of civic duty coupled with local snow removal ordinances compels most homeowners to shovel after a snowfall. Because shoveling your driveway and sidewalk leaves you liable in a slip-and-fall injury and natural accumulation (unshoveled snow) does not, you need to be sure that you plow the safest path possible for friends, family, and other visitors.

    Prevent Icy Patches—You can minimize ice build up by applying ice-melting granules when heavy, wet snow, blowing sleet, or freezing rain first begins. Reapply after shoveling or blowing. You can find salt or other ice-melting granules at your local hardware store or supermarket. Store a small pail of salt by your door to quickly sprinkle on any areas of your stoop, porch or walk that are prone to ice.

    Move outdoor toys out of the way to eliminate “trip-and-falls." Teach children to move their sleds and other outdoor toys off the sidewalk, front walk, and driveway and create a year-round safety habit.

    Replace burned out lightbulbs in outdoor lighting to illuminate the path to your home during long winter nights.

    In addition to outdoor safety, be alert to common indoor seasonal hazards.

    • >> Keep an old towel handy for drying up slippery, watery patches from dripping boots and shoes.
    • >> Keep all flammable objects and clothing at least 3 feet away from fireplaces, space heaters, and wood-burning stoves.
    • >> Remember to open your flue when building a fire.
    • >> Turn off all space heaters before going to bed.
    • >> Always supervise children and pets in rooms where a space heater is running or a fire is lit.

    Contact Us

    Despite our best efforts, accidents do happen. If you have a visitor injured in or outside your home this winter, don’t hesitate to call the partners at Adler & Adler for advice and answers to questions. We will help you fight for the compensation you deserve.


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Chicago, IL 60602
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