With the colder weather now setting in, it’s a great time to get out and have those much loved snowball fights. However, the snow can be hazardous and carries its own unique special dangers. Below are a few key tips to staying safe in the snow.
As we all know the roads, pavements and driveways can become very icy in the colder weather and there is a very high chance of slipping and falling. Some of these falls can just result in an embarrassing moment and a few bruises, but other can be a lot more serious.
A fall on the ice can result in a sprain or a strain which happen when the joint or muscles are stretched too far. There is a simple method to treat a strain or sprain and it’s easy to remember – RICE. It stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
If you think you have a sprain or strain it is advised to get the injured area looked at by a doctor to check that it is healing ok and that it is nothing more serious.
If you suspect someone has a broken bone or fracture this needs to be dealt with differently. Firstly it is important not to move the injured person unless they are in danger. Do not try to put the injured limb back into place, instead it needs to be immobilised. If you have been trained to do so then apply a splint, if not then help the casualty to keep the limb as still as possible while you wait for help to arrive.
If you’re reading this article wishing you had more knowledge so you knew what to do in these types of situations, then get yourself booked onto one of our training courses.
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