Safety Tips – Be Safe on Ice

Walking outdoors during the winter requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are some of the most frequent types of injuries that occur during the winter months. Even when snow and ice is removed from parking lots and sidewalks, some outdoor surfaces can still be slippery. It is important for everyone to be aware of these dangers and to learn to walk safely on ice and slippery surfaces. In cold temperatures, approach surfaces with caution. Wear shoes or boots that provide traction such as those with non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles. Use special care when getting in and out of vehicles. Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Point your feet out slightly like a penguin as this increases your center of gravity. Keep your hands out of your pockets as this decreases your center of gravity and affects balance. Watch where you are stepping, take short steps or shuffle, and walk slowly. The bottom line on walking in snowy and icy conditions is be prepared, be aware and be careful.

Cindy Snyder

Director of Nursing