‘Tis the Season to Stay Safe

Winter weather brings challenges. Each year more than 1 million Americans are injured and approximately 17,000 die as the result of falling on ice or snow.
Along with snow and ice, winter brings with it some unique health and safety challenges.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but winter is also the season for extra caution and heightened safety awareness.

There’s risk on many fronts during snowy, cold and icy weather. Research shows that approximately 25,000 deaths related to hypothermia happen each year in the United States in addition to 8,000 that happen Canada. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), winter weather kills more than twice as many Americans as summer heat.

Flu rates peak from December to March, primarily because people spend more time indoors and potentially breathe the air of those who may be infected. And flu transmission favors cold, dry climates. Likewise outdoor risks are great. Driving can be treacherous, with more than 70 percent of roads in the United States and pretty much all of Canada located in … Read more...