It’s not fiction, data reveals that historically January 13th is the snowiest day in Utah. There is a 43% chance that it will snow on this day, which is the highest likelihood of receiving snowfall over any other day winter day. So if you can’t cozy up at home and have to face the snow, here are a few tips on how to stay safe in it.
Slow it Down
There are about 6,200 deaths and more than 480,000 injuries each year as a result of weather-related crashes according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The majority of these accidents occur when the roadways are wet, snowy or icy. Know your risk and drive with caution in this type of weather.
It is extremely important to dress appropriately in snowy weather conditions to prevent sickness and frostbite. Layer up! Wear a hat, coat, gloves, thick socks and water-resistant shoes or boots.
Avoid Danger Zones
Be cautious if you have little ones who want to play in the snow. A study in Pediatrics revealed more than 20,000 children under the age of 19 ended up in the ER every year with sledding-related injuries. Trauma to the head is the number one cause. So stay clear of areas that may be busy with cars or have many trees and rocks.
Always be prepared and keep an emergency kit of supplies, you never know when you may need them. Have a family communication plan to keep everybody on the same page in case of an emergency.