Here’s a scenario: We’re in the moments leading up to the big holiday, and you’ve been running around like a mad person coordinating travel plans, shuttling people around, cooking, cleaning and preparing for the event. You step outside and exclaim, “Oh man! I haven’t put up any decorations yet!” Time to crack open the shed, bust out the ladder, and begin the tedious process that is testing to see which lights work even though you stored them all nicely while they all worked last year! Anyway, no matter how big of a rush you’re in, take the time to review some wintertime safety to avoid any potential falls or injured reindeer.
You don’t need to be OSHA certified, but having some intuition and checking through the equipment manual goes a long way. Check to see if everything works correctly first. Then, make sure the surface you’re working on is not wet or slippery, and have at least one spotter or partner available to help keep things going smoothly. If you need to get into the air, have a stable platform to work from (a rolling chair may seem like a good idea at the time). As always, take your time setting up any fixtures, lights, and any other extravaganza you may have.
You know the winters in New York will be cold, probably snow, definitely freeze, and that makes for even trickier traffic conditions. These winter road conditions make travel difficult by reducing traction between you and the ground. Keep up to date on the wear of your car’s tires, the condition of the battery, lights, and fluid levels. Leave extra time for traveling to the gym, work, the in-laws, and the liquor store before the in-laws. Ice isn’t just an issue for cars so keep a supply of insulated clothing, footwear with better traction, hats and gloves.
Fall prevention is important when travelling to and from various stores, holiday parties, Amazon warehouses and the North Pole. Not just for the older population, but fall prevention is extremely important for everyone and the number one thing safety measure is to stay active and in shape. In order to be prepared for the perils of snow and freezing conditions, improve your overall body strength, endurance, and balance skills in a controlled environment such as Peak Performance, with 4 convenient locations in Lynbrook, New Hyde Park, Wantagh and Island Park!
By Matthew Rhodes