According to Time, winter is the most dangerous of the four seasons when it comes to accidents. Be extra cautious during this season to avoid these common winter injuries.

Slip and Falls
Between ice and snow, it’s all too easy to misstep and get hurt. Be sure to salt your sidewalks and driveways well to create better traction, and wear boots or proper footwear when leaving the house.

Winter Sports
The most common injuries from these activities include sprains, strains, fractures, and dislocations. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly 200,000 people were treated for winter sport related injuries in 2018 alone. These were caused during skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and sledding accidents.

These incidents may be avoided by using the proper equipment, keeping in shape, wearing protective gear, and warming up before participating. It’s also important to be with others in case of an emergency and to remain hydrated. Play safe!

Frostbite and Hypothermia
Frostbite often affects fingers, toes, ears, and noses. Symptoms include grey or white skin, numbness, tingling, or reduced circulation. It can be prevented by limiting the time spent out in the cold, wearing layers, drinking plenty of fluids, wearing waterproof boots, and avoiding caffeine or alcohol which can affect how your body reacts to the cold.

Hypothermia is defined as abnormally low body temperature and is fatal. Indicators include intractable shivering, numbness, glassy stares, fatigue, impaired speech, and can sometimes cause a loss of consciousness. If you or someone else exhibit these symptoms, call 911 for medical assistance immediately, and relocate to someplace warm if possible. It can be prevented in the same ways as frostbite.

Stay prepared and stay safe this winter season.