- Tara Albright DPT
Updated: May 5, 2021
Winter is here! I know we were all shocked when it snowed in October!!! However, we are now getting into the actual time of year when the snow really starts to fly and stick. It is estimated that the risk of falls and injuries increases by 70% on snowy/icy days. Don’t be one of those statistics. We are here to offer some tips and tricks to keep you safe throughout this snowy season. Hopefully these tips will keep you with your feet firmly planted and upright.
Winter Fall Prevention
Plan your trip accordingly. If the weather is nasty and you don’t need to go out right then, wait for the roads and sidewalks to clear a bit. Most injuries related to snow and Ice occur between 6 am and 10:30 am.
Be sure you are wearing appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather.
Pick the path of least resistance. When walking through the parking lots try to pick the safest path even if it is a little longer or further.
Allow extra time to get places when the roads and parking lots are a mess.
Ask for help when needed. Grocery stores often have carry outs to assist with heavy lifting and they are more than willing to help if you just ask.
Walk like a penguin, taking careful and deliberate small steps. This will help you slip less.
Keep your hands free. When we are carrying things our balance is easily altered and our center of gravity is different than when our hands our free. Also, if you do start to fall it is easy to catch yourself if your hands are free.
Clear snow from walkways and driveways ASAP. It is best to clear snow from walking paths immediately, this helps to prevent ice from forming. Also, use ice melt in these areas to keep the ice clear from these walkways.
Hopefully, these few tips will keep you safe and injury free for the snowy season. If you have ended up with an injury recently, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We will do our best to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Enjoy the snow and stay safe and warm.