Everyone loves a winter wonderland for Christmas, but the snowy weather brings with it some risks we should avoid. Below we’ve highlighted a potential dangers and some Christmas gift ideas that could literally save the lives of our loved ones this year.
1. No Snow Shoveling! Get a Snowblower Instead.
Recent U.S. studies have showed that every year, around 100 people die while shoveling snow. Thousands more go to the hospital for serious injuries.
Cardiologists found that when even healthy young men shoveled snow, their heart rate and blood pressure increased more than when they exercised on a treadmill!
Adding cold air to an already strenuous workout causes arteries to constrict and decrease blood supply. People over 50 should not shovel snow at all, period. It’s not worth it.
Here are a few highly-rated snowblowers that won’t break the bank!
Electric & Cordless Snow-Throwers:
2. Save a Battery, Save a Life
Cold weather can be brutal on car batteries so always keep a battery jumper in your car just in case your battery goes dead. Most battery jumpers today can jump your car battery and charge your cell phones, so there’s another use for these devices that can really come in handy when you need them. Here are a few of our favorites:
3. Roadside Emergency Tools
While we’re talking about cars and snow, we thought of a few car emergency packs specifically for use in cold weather.
4. Cell Phones
Cell phones can be a real life saver in cold weather. Don’t go out without one! Below are a few new phones for 2017:
5. Backup Electricity During a Storm
Ever been without electricity in a snowstorm? We have…for 3 days…not fun! If you’ve got some extra funds this Christmas, backup generators are a smart investment for your family. Here’s some of the highest rated: