Winter tends to be an especially tricky time of year when it comes to slips and falls. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when heading out.
1) Focus on your footwear. Shoes with leather or plastic soles may look nice but are not safe to be worn in the snow and ice. Rubber soles with thick tread tend to get better traction and are therefore safer to wear outside in the wintertime.
2) Use caution when getting in and out of your car. Many falls tend to occur at these times. Take your time and make sure your footing is clear when getting in and out of the car.
3) Watch for black ice. Black ice is very difficult to see and therefore considered to be a top winter safety concern. Be sure to stay on pathways that are clear and have been treated with salt or sand.
4) Make winter safety a priority. Plan ahead and allow yourself extra time. Avoid taking short cuts through areas that are not plowed or shoveled.
5) Keep your hands free. Wear gloves so you can keep your hands out of your pockets to help you balance.
6) Walk like a penguin. Take short shuffling steps and walk as flatfooted as possible.
7) Ask for help if needed!
Keeping these simple tips in mind will help you to prevent unnecessary injury. It is important to take precautions to ensure your health and safety this winter season.