Winter-related injuries on the rise

Apr 07, 2011

Snowblower injuries are one of the many winter hazards that have been sending people to emergency rooms lately.

With record amounts of snowfall throughout various U.S. locations, injuries resulting from winter accidents are on the rise, according to MSNBC.

The news source spoke to hospital staff across the Northeast who say they have been swamped with injuries related to the heavy snowfall and ice. People have been injured falling off roofs while trying to remove snow, suffered heart attacks while shoveling, and broken bones after falling on ice. Some have even lost fingers to snowblower accidents, MSNBC reported.

Snow-related accidents are not limited to regular injuries, such as slipping on ice. They also extend to injuries incurred while doing fun winter-related activities, such as sledding and snow tubing. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 160,000 people were treated at hospitals in 2009 for injuries related to the two pastimes, according to the Daily Easton.

Even when engaging in fun activities, people may be unknowingly putting themselves in harm's way. Fatal accidents can happen almost anywhere. For those living in wintry conditions, a term-life insurance policy is a good way to ensure that their families are taken care of, if they are involved in a fatal snow or ice-related incident.  

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