General Safety

The number one accident in the home is trips and falls:

  • Clutter causes tripping hazards.
  • Walkways and steps need to be kept clear –also in the winter from snow and ice. 
  • Railings and banisters for all steps need to be present and secure.
  • Use only step stools and ladders that are designed for that purpose.
  • Ladders need to be secured either before climbing.

Motor vehicle accidents are the number one injury away from home. When driving:

  • Always give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination safely
  • Always wear your seat belt
  • Use your head lights, especially in inclement weather – this helps other drivers see you so they do not pull out in your lane because they didn’t see you!

Winter driving tips:

 #1 Be Prepared. Before going out on the road in hazardous conditions – ensure both you and your vehicle are equipped and prepared for the winter conditions. 

#2 Slow Down.  Simple enough, but really – leave earlier and give yourself time to deal with the additional hazards of winter road conditions.

#3 Clear snow and ice off ALL windows. Yes it’s a pain, but it’s not going to blow or melt off quickly. Keeping a broom near your parking spot makes the job much more palatable. 

#4 Headlights on at all times- BE SEEN. Your headlights help others see you, so they don’t pull out in front of you.

#5 Adjust your travel time – if you can.  Fortunately here in Central Oregon the sun can quickly help our DOT folks can improve road conditions by mid-day. Check ODOTs road condition website and cameras for the latest.

#6 Balance vehicle weight (I.e. a few sand bags).  Most vehicles are lighter in the rear, even 4x4s. Balancing weight greatly improves handling and predictability in slick environments. 

#7 Have winter survival gear in your car. (I.e. flashlight, cell phone, snow boots, gloves, hat). Be prepared to walk a mile if you need to. 

#8 Consider siping your tires. Those extra little edges cut into the tread – really help especially on pack snow and ice – conditions when vehicles most often loose control.

 #9 Carry and use tire chains. For traction in extreme conditions and when going over the passes.

#10 Consider snow tires on all four wheels – Help in deeper snow and slush. Put on all four wheels –  for balance, steering, and braking. Use tires with studs or the newer studless – based on your own preferences and driving needs. 

Life Vest on the water

When out on the water ALWAYS wear a life vest or personal floatation device. Water in the High Cascade region is often colder than one would expect and rivers are swifter – both can easily overcome the best of swimmers.

Helmet when riding

When out on your bike, motorcycle, and ATVs always wear a helmet and highly visible gear. Always use your headlight – so you can be seen.