Stay On Your Feet On The Ice
The ice and snow that comes with winter is pretty to look at, but it also causes injuries. According to the National Weather Service, most injuries, about 70%, result from vehicle accidents, slips and falls contribute to some of the other winter related injuries.
You can reduce your risk of slipping and falling by:
- Watching for ice covered areas; especially sidewalks and steps leading into your home or workplace.
- Don't step on uneven surfaces like curbs or steps.
- Pay attention while walking, digging through your purse, backpack or wallet while walking on ice is dangerous.
- Wear boots or shoes with grip soles. Slick leather or plastic soles on shoes will increase the risk of slipping. You can also buy removable grips for your shoes.
- Don't walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces your ability to use your arms for balance if you do slip.
- Take short shuffling steps in very icy areas.
- Curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible.