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.