Below are some important winter tips to remember from this quarter’s PSA Airlines Safety Newsletter. Keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy this winter by keeping this advice in mind.
Tips for your personal safety:
- Be extra cautious and vigilant while moving around in public or unknown places during darker hours.
- For uniformed employees, please be aware that in dark colored clothing you may not always be visible to motorists.
- Always utilize official walkways in parking lots, airport terminals, etc.
Home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season, due to an increase in cooking and heating fires, but they can be prevented:
- Have properly working smoke alarms and test them regularly.
- Install fire extinguishers—make sure everyone knows how to use them.
- Do not burn evergreens, wreaths, or wrapping paper/decorations in the fireplace or in a wood stove.
- Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item.
- Choose only flame retardant decorations.
- Regularly inspect and repair portable heaters.
Cold Related Illnesses
Prolonged exposure to low temperatures, wind or moisture can result in frostbite and hypothermia, but can be avoided:
- Dress warmly, wearing layered clothing.
- Remember that extremities, e.g. nose, ears, hands and feet need extra attention during winter.
- Drink warm, non-alcoholic, caffeine-free liquids.
- Avoid becoming wet.
Safe Winter Driving
Now is the time to get a tune-up on the vehicle and replace bald tires. Other tips:
- Stock your vehicle with emergency supplies, e.g. flares, jumper cables, blankets, etc.
- Slow down and increase space between vehicles.
- If you break down, steer/push the vehicle to a safe location, and stay in the vehicle while you wait for emergency services.
- If rear wheels skid, turn the steering wheel in the same direction.