During the winter months, it can be very dangerous to try to navigate sidewalks, driveways, streets, parking lots or almost any hard surface if there is snow and / or ice. Ice is good in our soft drinks and iced teas, but not so good when we try to maneuver and you slip and slip and lose your footing.
Several years ago my father had a very hard fall with only a little ice on the sidewalk. He lived in Phoenix, Arizona at the time, so even hot weather cities can be dangerous during the cold times of the year. Especially for the elderly, these types of cases can really take their toll and cause serious injury or even death.
According to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, there are various things we can do to minimize potential slips, trips, and falls in winter conditions:
Be careful in hazardous locations  Many areas are hazardous or unsafe in winter , because it is not always possible to see icy spots. When getting in or out of a vehicle, first check if the ground is slippery.
Be careful and allow extra time
Be in a hurry and crawl into the gas station for a liter of milk can ask for trouble.
Change your gait for greater stability
Use a slower and wider gait to better protect against falls.
Although it may seem safe to go out to get the mail in your coat, this increases your risk of injury or exposure if you take a tumble on an icy driveway or walk. Wear gloves, warm clothes that cover you well and shoes with treads and good grip – also consider buying ice grabs for your shoes.
Bring a cell phone
If you fall, you will be glad you brought your phone to call a neighbor, spouse or emergency medical help.
Clear your walks
Although this requires asking for help from others to accomplish, it is worth the effort to prevent a fall.
Remember this important fact from National Security Council – slips, excursions and falls are a major cause of preventable injuries and deaths in the workplace; Only motor vehicles cause more deaths. Their website also has additional information and training related to slipping, travel and fall accidents.
Be safe and enjoy your winter.
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