Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls this Winter

Watching snowfall can be a wonderful and relaxing experience but that can quickly change when you have to go out and onto the snow and ice. If you aren’t careful, you can easily slip and fall which can then lead to injuries both minor and serious. Here are a few tips to help you keep your footing this winter.

1. Take your time
The chance of slipping on the frozen ground increases the faster you are moving. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going. Walk using slow, short steps and make sure to use handrails on stairs and ramps. The CDC recommends walking like a penguin with your arms at your side, your back bent slightly, and your feet making small shuffling steps.

2. Wear Boots or other Slip-Resistant footwear
The right shoes can make all the difference. Some styles of shoes are better suited for walking over a slick surface. If you are unable to wear slip-resisting shoes due to school or work, you can always change into your required footwear from boots when you arrive.

3. Avoid Wet or Icy Surfaces
Probably the most obvious point on this list. Check the ground as you walk and try to walk on as much dry ground as possible. Keep this mindfulness going once you are indoors as entryways can be very slick from any liquid being tracked in. If there is a mat or carpet, spend a few extra moments to rub your feet against them to dry the bottom of your footwear.

4. Keep Your Hands Out of Your Pockets
Even with gloves, it can be tempting to put your hands in your pockets when it is cold but this will decrease your balance as you walk. The same is true for carrying items in your hands. If you need to take something with you, use a backpack.

Accidents can happen to even the most prepared person. If ice trips you up, we’ll help you get back on your feet again feeling great.

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