Minnesota winters come with all kinds of challenges. Together with the fun activities of winter is the importance for safety. Let’s take a closer look at some winter and holiday safety tips that can protect your family whether they are at home, in the car, or exploring the great Minnesota outdoors.
Minnesota Winters & Holidays: Tips to Keep your Family Safe
Holiday Tree Safety – If you get a fresh tree, be sure to keep it watered so the tree does not become too dry and become a fire hazard. The lights should be energy efficient and not damaged or frayed. Don’t overload your cords or circuits, and be sure to turn your lights off when you go to sleep. Read more Christmas tree safety tips.
Snowmobile Safety & Trails – When snowmobiling, always go with a friend or group, not alone. Dress for warmth and the worst case scenario. Stay on the trails and avoid lakes or rivers. Read more snowmobiling safety tips.
Car Seat Safety for Winter – Did you know that it is recommended to not have bulky winter gear on your child when strapped into a car seat? Instead, dress your baby in thin layers, a hat and mittens. Placing a blanket or coat over the straps can help keep your child warm without reducing the safety of the car seat. Read more using a car seat in the winter.
Hanging Holiday Lights – Only use LED lights and holiday lights that have a UL safety Certification. Invest in a ladder that will safely reach where you need to be to hang lights. Be sure to hang outdoor lights outside, and keep indoor lights inside. Read more holiday light safety tips.
Ice Skating Safety – If skating on a lake or pond, always check that ice on lakes is at least 4-5 inches thick before skating. Ice conditions can be inconsistent and change quickly. Wearing a helmet is a good idea, whether at a rink or natural area, especially for children. Read more ice skating safety tips.
Ice Fishing Safety – The MN DNR reminds us, that ice is never 100% safe! They do not measure ice on lakes for safety guidelines, it is the responsibility of each person. They recommend checking the ice every 150 feet. Learn more about Minnesota ice fishing safety.
Snow Blower Safety – Hand injuries can be common with snowblowers, so beware of snowblower jams or cloggs. It is also important to keep children and pets a good distance away when blowing snow to keep them from getting hit with something. Learn more about snowblower safety.
Snow Shoveling Tips – When shoveling, push the snow rather than lifting it. Smaller loads will be easier on your back. There are different types and sizes of snow shovels, be sure to get one that fits your height. More tips for snow shoveling.
Winter Driving – Driving on the snow and ice can be tricky! But being prepared for the worst-case scenario will help to reduce the chances that a bad situation will become worse. Here are some winter driving tips and what to include in a snow emergency kit.
Stay safe this winter by practicing smart winter driving habits and by having your winter emergency kits ready in your vehicles. If you are in need of insurance for your snowmobile, fish house, auto, or home, contact the agents at MG Insurance using this quick form or call us at 320-235-9394.