Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
Although Florida doesn’t get the winter weather that other states see, there are still potential hazards in the wintertime that you should avoid for your health and wellbeing. While they are rare, winter weather storms can happen in Florida. It is important to know how to cope with these storms and what to do when an injury does occur.
Most Floridians are woefully unable to cope with a winter storm. Many people in Florida do not own a heavy coat unless they frequently travel to colder climates. To keep yourself healthy and safe, the Department of Health recommends that during cold weather snaps and storms that you stay indoors as much as possible.
If you do venture outside, make sure that you are bundled up to avoid becoming ill from exposure to the cold. You should also make sure that you are careful on any slippery spots on sidewalks and drives, which can happen if temperatures dip below freezing after a rainstorm. If you do have a fall, make sure that you seek medical treatment right away to make sure that you don’t injure yourself further.
Don’t Wait to Seek Treatment
If you or a loved one are injured during the winter or at any other time, it is a good idea to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you think your injury is minor, if you are unable to put pressure or weight on the affected limb, you should get it checked out just to make sure that a more serious injury has not occurred. You may also need stabilizing treatment, such as a brace, wrap, or even cast.
If you or a loved one become injured this winter, contact us immediately for an appointment or walk into our urgent care clinic.