Tips to Prevent Slips and Falls This Winter

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Ice sends thousands sliding, slipping and falling each year. And unfortunately, many of those falls result in serious injury.

You can’t control the weather, but you may be able to keep ice from forming on your walkways. One innovative company, HeatTrak (www.heattrak.com), manufactures outdoor mats that, when plugged into an electrical outlet, melt snow and ice at a rate of two inches per hour. Commonly used by businesses and university campuses, HeatTrak mats have recently become available to homeowners. The mats are durable and meant to stay outside all season. Those who want to enjoy slip-free walkways and stairs simply need to install the mats, then turn them on when snow first starts to fall — the mats will prevent ice and snow from accumulating.

Of course, it’s hard to avoid snow and ice the whole winter, so it’s best to take precautions against slips and falls. Here are some tips for safer winter walking:

– Wear the proper foot gear. Slippery soles will make icy conditions even more hazardous. Wear shoes with non-slip soles and deep treads.

– Watch where you’re walking. Stick to sidewalks whenever possible. If a surface looks slippery, tap it with your toe before stepping forward. Be especially wary about black ice, which can be hard to detect visually. Walk at a slow, even pace — running or jumping makes it easier to lose your footing. If you do have to walk over ice, bend you knees slightly and take shorter steps.

– Stay balanced. Keep your hands free to help you balance. If there are handrails, use them. Try to avoid carrying heavy packages up and down icy stairs, and don’t carry loads that you can’t see over.

– Don’t let clothes obscure your vision. You need to stay warm, but don’t wear ski masks, scarves, hats or hoodies that restrict your vision.

– Watch out for ice from above. Falling icicles can cause serious injury. Avoid walking underneath the edges of buildings.

For more information on the HeatTrak products, visit www.heattrak.com.

When Letting it Snow Leads to Heart Attacks

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – We might sing, “Let it snow,” but winter weather loses its charm when it comes time to shovel. Not only can shoveling snow lead to slips, falls and backaches, it also raises the risk of heart attack.

Why so dangerous? Exercise raises heart rates, while cold temperatures constrict blood vessels and arteries. The combination can prove deadly. For men aged 35 to 49, shoveling snow triples the risk of heart attack death.

Individuals with heart disease, a history of heart attack, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, or who smoke, should consult their doctor before attempting to shovel snow. Seniors and those unused to strenuous exercise should also take caution.

Luckily, some products make snow removal safer for those at-risk of heart attack. Snowblowers eliminate lifting and throwing. Another example, HeatTrak mats (www.heattrak.com), keep snow from accumulating. The waterproof mats, which are electrically heated, melt snow at a rate of two inches per hour. Homeowners who turn on the mats when snow begins to fall will enjoy clear stairs or walkways, no shoveling required. These mats are designed to be left out for the entire winter season — then simply roll them up and store them away in the spring.

If you do need to shovel, there are ways to reduce the risks. Here are some quick tips for safer shoveling:

– Take it easy. Clearing your driveway isn’t a competition. Stretch before starting. Instead of lifting and throwing huge piles of snow, skim two to three inches of snow at at time. If you need to avoid heavy lifting, use your shovel to push. rather than throw, snow to the side. Take a break every fifteen minutes, or when you feel uncomfortably tired or cold.

– Keep warm. Wear layers, even if you know that you’re going to work up a sweat. Staying hydrated is important, but stick to water or hot cocoa — the caffeine in coffee can constrict blood vessels.

– Avoid back strain. Bend your knees, and keep your back as straight as possible as you lift. Don’t bend at the waist, and step in the direction that you’re throwing snow.

– Know the warning signs. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, fainting or shoulder, back, neck or arm pain, stop shoveling immediately and seek medical help.

For more information on the HeatTrak products, visit www.heattrak.com.

Heated Stairs Step Up Safety, Convenience

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Anyone who has lived with snow knows that stairs present a unique challenge. They ice up quickly, becoming slippery and dangerous. Outdoor stairs, which often come in irregular sizes, can be difficult to shovel, especially for senior citizens.

And even if you remove snow, your stairs may still ice up. Melting snow from the roof often falls on stairs leading up to a doorstep, creating dangerous ice layers. Using sand or rock salt is hardly an ideal situation. Many Americans are not physically able to carry heavy bags. When the salt dissolves, it poses a threat to local flora and fauna.

Companies and schools with large facilities have taken a unique approach to ensuring safer stairs in wintery weather — instead of trying to remove snow after it falls, they’re using a product that melts snow before it has a chance to build up.

At age 15, Hillel Glazer decided he no longer wanted to shovel snow, so he disassembled a heating pad and combined it with a doormat, promptly shorting out the electricity in his parents’ home. As an adult — and with the help of engineers — Glazer returned to his original snow-melting mat idea.

Today, Glazer’s company, HeatTrak, makes heated mats that keep walkways clear of snow. Long used by large commercial facilities, HeatTrak’s Stair Mats are now available to homeowners.

Built with weatherproof, ribbed carpet, HeatTrak Residential Stair Mats are durable enough to be left outside for the entire winter. The mats plug into standard outlets and generate enough heat to melt snow at a rate of two inches per hour. If homeowners turn the mats on when snow first begins to fall, snowflakes will dissolve as soon as they hit the mats, leaving slip-free stairs.

HeatTrak Stair Mats are safe to own and operate. Each mat has a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) that instantly shuts off the mat when it senses a current leak. HeatTrak products are sold throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

For more information, visit www.heattrak.com.

Inventor Finds Way to Avoid Shoveling

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Every winter, across America, children find themselves shoveling snow, and not one enjoys it. But one innovative kid decided to make sure neither he — nor anyone else — would ever need to shovel again.

Hillel Glazer, then 15, always had to shovel snow from his block. During one particularly long shoveling session, he knew there had to be an easier way to remove snow.

“That evening, I took a heating pad from my parents’ medicine closet and dissected it,” said Glazer. “Within five minutes, I blew the fuses in the house.”

Two weeks later, after his family purchased another heating pad, Glazer made a heated doormat with heating cables and duct tape. It lasted two days.

Thus thwarted, Glazer continued to shovel snow until age 25. A business valuation consultant, he felt frustrated with his long work weeks and was ready to be his own boss. His thoughts returned to the failed heating mats of his childhood, but this time, Glazer was determined to make them work.

“Within a few months and with the help of the Internet, I had educated myself on various types of heating elements, general electrical concepts and rubber and plastic manufacturing techniques,” said Glazer. “I identified a company to supply me with heating elements and used their engineers’ brain power to help develop our first prototype.” Glazer’s company, HeatTrak, has been selling his snow- and ice-melting mats since 2004.

The HeatTrak mats use electricity to melt snow at a rate of two inches per hour. Perfectly safe, the mats contain a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter that instantly shuts off all power to the mat if it detects a current leakage. Universities and businesses use the mats to keep walkways clear, thus making their facilities safer for employees, students and clients.

Now, Glazer’s expanding his business by making HeatTrak mats for homes. Homeowners can purchase walkway and stair mats, ensuring safer sidewalks and entrances. And all because a teenager didn’t want to shovel any more snow.

For more information, visit www.heattrak.com.