Winter Safety and Avoiding Slips and Falls

As we are entering the coldest months of the year, it is important to plan ahead and be safe while enjoying outdoor winter activities. Prolonged exposure to the cold can lead to serious health problems such as hypothermia and frostbite.

Hypothermia is an abnormally low body temperature (below 95° F); it can be caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. When the body temperature is too low, the brain is affected, resulting in the inability to think clearly and move well. Hypothermia can even occur in milder winter temperatures of 40°F.  

Frostbite is damage to the skin and underlying tissues caused by extreme cold. It leads to loss of feeling and color in the affected areas, which are usually the extremities (e.g., toes, fingers, nose, ears). It can cause permanent damage and in severe cases can lead to the need for amputation. 

The best prevention of cold-related illness is to stay indoors. However, if you or someone you support is planning to participate in an outdoor activity during the winter, here are some steps you can take to prevent cold-related illness:  

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PCHC has a Winter Safety Training for individuals with intellectual disability and/or autism

Winter Safety

Avoid Winter Slips and Falls

As we know, the winter months in Pennsylvania can bring snow and ice, which increases the risk of falls and injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)estimates that each year, nine million adults in the United States are injured due to a fall. The numbers of injuries increase significantly as the temperatures outside decrease.  

Here are some tips to avoid falls and injuries while navigating snowy, icy, or wet surfaces:

PCHC has a Fall and Injury Prevention training for staff which can be found here:

PCHC has a Falls Prevention training for individuals with an intellectual disability and/or autism which can be found here:  

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