Most people would agree watching snow fall is beautiful as well as relaxing. Snow can be the most wonderful natural decoration as long as it is observed from inside the house. Once venturing outside, if you do so for working or playing in the snow, it can be a very dangerous element.

The Various Dangers of Winter Storms

During the winter months unlimited amounts of snow and ice can fall causing damage to homes, cars, and people. The following are a list of the dangers that can accompany snow storms and ice accumulation.

Sleet – Sleet is when the rain hasn't completely turned to snow and falls to the ground as wet ice. Sleet is treacherous to drive through, causing stopping to become hazardous and windshield wipers to freeze over. Both can cause car accidents and sleet is also responsible for personal injuries when it develops as black ice.

Black Ice – Black ice is just what the description says. This is ice that does not turn white on highways and pavement giving the illusion of wetness when it is really solid. If one is driving at high speeds and attempts to stop on a highway covered with black ice they can go into a skid continuing to travel through a stop light or stop sign. If other motorists have the right away an accident may occur. If the black ice is on pavement a person may slip and fall causing injury to their body. It is wise to wear rubber soled shoes during and after storms to avoid falling.

Speeding While Driving – Some persons with SUVs or truck display a false sense of security during snow storms or ice storms. They believe their cars are capable of maintaining control of the road in snowy or icy conditions. Driving at high speeds in wintery condition is not wise and can cause you and other persons to lose their lives once your car runs into them. Always use caution when driving on snow covered or icy streets and highways.

Shoveling snow – There is a right way and a wrong way to shoveling snow. Shoveling snow after a snow storm can cause injury to your back and if you have health issues, maybe even a heart attack and death. Take your time when shoveling snow and use your legs more so than your back to avoid straining muscles. It is not necessary to lift large amounts of snow. For safety and health reasons shovel medium amounts of snow and take frequent rests so as not to exert yourself. This is especially true if the snow is the type that is wet and heavy.

Snow on Rooftops – People often neglect to clean off the roof of the house after a snow storm. If the home has a slanted roof, there is the hazard of snow falling off in large amount and hurting someone. If the rooftop is flat, then it should be removed especially if large amounts of snow has accumulated. Flat roofs can collapse into the home causing extensive damage and even injury. Roofing specialist are available to contract to remove snow from roofs.

Icy Utility Wires – Not only are icy utility wires the cause of blackouts of electrical power but they also contribute to deaths during snow storm. Downed icy wires are still "live" with electricity and can cause death if contacted. Households with downed icy wires should contact their utility company and not try to remove the wires themselves.

Icy Branches – Ice branches not only cause damage to trees but houses ,cars and people. Icy branches can unexpectedly break off and fall injuring pedestrians or blocking roadways.

The winter season can be beautiful and dangerous at the same time. Being aware of the dangers is helpful to avoid injury and even death.