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How to avoid slips and trip on the ice when you really do have to go out

Winter is upon us, and while this can be a joyous and festive time of year, it also brings with it inclement weather. Unfortunately, with snow and ice also comes an increase in slip and fall accidents.

Slip and fall injuries can range from minor to severe depending on the individual circumstances. Elderly individuals are at a particularly high risk of sustaining severe and even fatal injuries due to their frail bodies.

To avoid finding yourself in this situation, it’s important to take extra precautions during the winter. Wear appropriate shoes with good grip whenever possible, especially if there is snow or ice on the ground. Walk slowly and use handrails or other support devices to keep from falling. Avoid going out when the weather is bad and only walk through paths that have been cleared.

And here are my tips to minimise the risk if you really do have to go out:

  • avoid taking a handbag so you are not off balance

  • avoid chatting on the phone

  • concentrate on where you are placing your foot

  • use the grass verge if there is one

  • walk on main roads as they are more likely to be gritted so long as it's safe to do so

  • wear suitable footwear such as walking shoes, trainers or anything with a decent tread

  • slip a pair of socks over your footwear

  • consider buying snow grips/crampons (I have just bought some amazing ones and I’m still standing!)

  • walk with a wide stance

  • allow plenty of time to get to your destination

If you are a runner, walker or cyclist, have a go at some indoor exercise. There are so many apps, youtube videos and on-line classes to join as was the case 2 years ago. At least this is temporary!

And finally in the even that you do slip allow yourself to ‘fall into it’ as opposed to resisting it so as to minimise and possible damage.

Take care out there....


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