The wet snow has not only caused ice on the roads, it has also made walking a challenging task. Slips and falls are some of the most frequent types of injuries during the winter months. No matter how well the snow and ice is removed from parking lots or sidewalks, there are still slippery surfaces.
Here are some tips from United Hospital for walking on ice. Use them to stay safe.
- In cold temperatures, approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy.
- During bad weather, avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles and heels. Instead, wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice; boots made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles are best.
- Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; use the vehicle for support.
- Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and other frozen areas can be hazardous. Look ahead when you walk; a snow- or ice covered sidewalk or driveway, especially if on a hill, may require travel along its grassy edge for traction.
- Point your feet out slightly like a penguin! Spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases your center of gravity.
- Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible.
- Extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance. Keeping your hands out of your pockets can also help break your fall if you do start to slip.
- Watch where you are stepping and… GO S-L-O-W-L-Y!
- Take short steps or shuffle for stability.
- Wear a heavy, bulky coat that will cushion you if you should fall.