Winter Weather is HERE, whether we like it or not. Hancock County Savings Bank wants to help you get prepared and stay safe during this season. We all know that winter weather comes with many different types of dangers. From slips, falls, and frostbite occurrences to fires, carbon monoxide dangers, and car accidents the risk is high. Today’s blog is the first in a series of three blogs that we will be sharing to do our part in protecting you. Outdoor Activity Safety… We must always remain cautious when walking, performing snow removal, running errands around town, or doing any other outdoor activity. Here are some tips to keep you safe… • Limit your outdoor time and keep track of the time you have spent outdoors. Do not stay outside for too long. • Stay dry because wet clothing chills your body more quickly. • Dress Smart – protect your lungs from cold air. Layer up! Wearing 2 or 3 thinner layers of loose-fitting clothing is warmer than a single layer of thick clothing. Think about getting your thermals out! Hats, gloves, winter coat, boots, and a scarf are absolutely essential. • Cover Up! Be sure all parts of your body are covered when you go out into the cold. If your skin starts hurting, go inside immediately. • Wear boots with non-skid soles – this will prevent slipping. • If you use a cane, replace the rubber tip before it is worn too smooth so you may have maximum grip and traction. • Make sure all stairways and walkways are clear before you walk and that you have salt on hand to treat them. Always……. **Ask Your Healthcare Provider whether shoveling or other work in the snow is safe for you.