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How To Weather The Wintertime To Prevent Slips and Falls

How To Weather The Wintertime To Prevent Slips And Falls

by Kathleen Habschmidt PT, DPTLeave a Comment

As we navigate this time of year, we face the inevitable challenges of cold, snowy, and icy weather. While these elements bring the joy of winter sports and the warmth of cozy evenings by the fire, they also increase the risk of slips and falls. In this blog, we’ll cover helpful tips on how to stay safe and prevent these accidents during the winter months.

1. Proper Footwear

The foundation of winter safety begins with your footwear. Invest in a good pair of winter boots with a non-slip sole. Look for boots that provide ankle support and are waterproof to keep your feet warm and dry. Remember to replace worn-out boots, as the tread on older pairs may have deteriorated, making them less effective at preventing slips.

2. Walk Cautiously

Take small steps and slow down when walking on icy or snowy surfaces. Keep your center of gravity over your feet and use handrails when available. Avoid rushing, as hurrying increases the risk of a fall. Use designated walkways and cleared paths whenever possible.

3. Use Ice Cleats

Consider investing in ice cleats, or traction aids that you can attach to your boots. These devices have small metal spikes or rubber grips that provide extra traction on slippery surfaces. They can be a lifesaver when navigating icy sidewalks or driveways.

4. Maintain Your Property

If you own a property, keeping it well-maintained during the winter months is essential. Regularly clear snow and ice from walkways, driveways, and stairs. Spread salt or sand to improve traction. Additionally, ensure that outdoor lighting is adequate to help identify hazards in the dark.

Preventing slips and falls during the winter requires vigilance and preparation. By following these tips, you can reduce your risk of injury and enjoy the beauty of the season safely. Remember, it’s not just about staying upright; it’s about safeguarding your health and well-being. Stay safe and enjoy the winter wonderland responsibly! If you feel you are at risk of a fall or have recently fallen, connect with a team near you who can help assess your concerns and recommend the best treatment option for your needs.

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