Winter Sports Safety Tips: How to be Safe on the Slopes and in the Rink

Tips from ReidGoodwin on Safely Enjoying Winter Activities

Winter isn’t over, and many people are still participating in seasonal sports such as, skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and ice skating. There is a risk for head injuries associated with these sports. With January being National Winter Sports TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Awareness Month, it’s important to be aware and practice safety precautions while enjoying these activities. To help keep you safe when you’re out having fun this Winter, ReidGoodwin has compiled a list of safety tips.

  • Dress appropriately and wear layers. It is important to wear clothing that will keep you warm and dry. It is also important to check the weather before you get dressed.
  • Be physically prepared for the activity. Winter sports use a lot of energy and can be physically grueling. Make sure that your body is ready. It is helpful to warm up before participating in any sport, as this can prevent pulled muscles and other injuries. It is also important to make sure that your body is hydrated.
  • Wear sunscreen. Despite it being cold outside, it is still important to protect your skin when participating in outdoor sports.
  • Check the condition of your gear. You want to make sure that everything is in working order. This could prevent injuries caused by faulty equipment.
  • Always wear a helmet. Protective head gear can prevent serious head and brain injuries.
  • If you’ve never practiced a sport, take lessons. Most ice rinks and ski slopes offer lessons for beginners. It’s also important to stay within your experience level. Doing anything more than what you have safely learned can be dangerous.

Keep these tips in mind when planning to go ice skating, skiing, or snowboarding. We hope they help you safely participate in the sports and activities that Winter has to offer. Enjoy the slopes and the rink!

Check out our other winter tips here!

Winter Weather: Preparing your Home

ReidGoodwin gives advice on how to take care of your home in freezing temperatures

We hope that our tips for driving in winter weather were helpful as Virginia welcomed snow last week. With the recent near record freezing temperatures, many of us in Virginia faced problems with our homes, like power outages and frozen water. While temperatures will be warming up this week, Winter is not over yet.  ReidGoodwin has compiled some tips to help you ready your home for any future winter weather. We hope they help you enjoy this season without worrying about problems that could arise with your home.

  • Plumbing is important. Make sure that you have serviced and checked your pipes before freezing temperatures or any major weather. Drain any hoses and store them for the season.
  • Stay warm safely. If you will be using a fireplace and chimney, make sure that they are cleaned and ready to be used. It is also important to make sure that your heating system is tuned and ready when temperatures drop.
  • Check your home for any leaks and make repairs. This can prevent a lot of damage with heavy snow and the water that will accumulate after it melts.
  • Make sure that your roof and gutters are prepared for the snow by cleaning out your gutters and making any necessary repairs to your roof.
  • Stay stocked. Make sure that if need be, you have a snow shovel, snow blower, ice melt, and generator. These items could help tremendously if you become snowed in or lose power. If you do own a generator, make sure that it is in working condition.

Here at ReidGoodwin, we wish you the best Winter and hope that you enjoy the weather it brings without worrying about taking care of your home. Stay tuned for more winter weather tips! If you’d like to read some tips on driving in the winter weather, click here!

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Being a Smart and Safe Driver this Season

December 8th marked the first snow of the season for many Virginians. While it was beautiful, winter weather, especially snow, can create dangerous road conditions. Here at ReidGoodwin, we want you to enjoy Winter and its weather, so we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you be a smart and safe driver this season.

Be proactive. If you know that bad weather is expected, stay updated with weather and road reports. If you don’t need to go out, staying in is the best                   option when roads become dangerous.

Before you go, make sure that your tires have enough air and  NEVER warm up your car in an enclosed space, like a garage. Have a plan on where you will               be going and familiarize yourself with directions.

Practice caution by reducing your speed in winter weather conditions. Speed limits are designed for dry conditions and may not be safe in icy or snowy                     weather.

If it’s snowing, make sure that you know your brakes and drive slowly. Don’t rush. Take your time accelerating, turning, and slowing down.

Keep an emergency kit in your car in the event that you become stuck or stranded, and make sure that you leave home with a charged phone. Your kit               should include a blanket, any medication you may need, a hat, gloves, food,                 and water. If you do become stranded, don’t leave your vehicle, as it can                       act as a shelter against the elements.

Hopefully, these tips will help you stay safe when venturing out in the winter weather this season. Remember to practice caution and stay inside if you aren’t comfortable driving in bad weather. Stayed tuned for more winter weather tips, and have a warm and festive season!