Winter Slip and Fall Safety tips 

Seeing a YouTube video of someone slipping and falling may seem very funny at the time, but victims rarely just get up and skip away. Most ­of the time, injuries are serious.

Avoid slipping and falling this winter by following our tips:

1.Look where you are going

Obvious, isn’t it? But we don’t do it as well as we should. Look ahead to where you are walking to: are there any hazards that will cause you to fall? Uneven patches are often to blame, even on clear paths.

Take small, short steps and walk slowly. Time is your friend in slippery conditions. Give yourself enough time to get to your destination and don’t rush. Also be aware when getting in and out of cars.

Slick, wet floors can also cause you to slip and fall. Rain and snow are tracked indoors by wet shoes, so you’ll have to be diligent and look where you are going indoors too.

2.Black Ice is nobody’s friend

Black ice has the uncanny ability to blend in with its surroundings. It looks just like pavement but is actually clear. It forms when it is really cold and rainy. The only way to avoid black ice is to walk on roads or pavements that have already been treated with salt or sand. Be careful!

3.These shoes are made for walking

Be smarter during the winter months and try to wear the correct footwear for weather conditions in your area. Sturdy boots and textured soles are good choices. Shoes provide for your feet, what tires provide for your car: traction to prevent skidding.

4.Wear sunglasses

If you can see where you are going, you won’t fall. Sunglasses will help you in slippery, but sunny conditions. You will have a clear vision and you will see those icy surfaces easier.

5.Support yourself

Handrails are placed in certain areas for a reason. Use them. Handrails can help to keep you upright if you slip and help prevent a nasty fall.

6.Keep the salt handy

Keep your salt and shovel right by your front door. If it is stowed away too far, you might just be tempted to quickly make a run for it, rather than laying down salt as you go along. Salt and sand give more traction to surfaces. If it is there, you most likely won’t fall.

7.Don’t carry too much

Keep your hands free so that you can use your arms to balance yourself. If you have a lot of things to carry, rather walk a few times back and forth or use a cart. Rather ask for help than risk navigating across a slippery supermarket parking lot with a lot of packages.

8.Don’t be a couch potato

Light exercise throughout the year will help you through the hazardous winter months: if you’ve got muscle tone, stability and strength in your legs it can only benefit you. Yoga is great for improving your balance and swimming will make your muscles stronger, overall.

9.But occasionally, be a couch potato

Stay inside in real bad weather and watch Friends re-runs. Icy pavements and large snow banks are dangerous. Rather avoid them. Most errands become non-critical in conditions such as these. Luckily, most grocery stores these days do deliveries.

Should you fall

Fall cannot always be prevented. It is strange what you’re thinking just as soon as you realize you are falling. It is as if the seconds move a little bit slower and you feel yourself fall in slow motion. Use the time to tell yourself to stay calm.

If you’re falling forward, tuck in your head and try to roll with the motion. If you fall backward, try and bend your body in a sitting position to cushion the fall. Put your chin on your chest to avoid hitting your head.

Following our tips will at least help a little. Please stay safe this winter!