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Q: How can I avoid slips and falls in icy weather?

Posted January 08, 2014 in Advice Column, Norwalk

A: Slipping on ice or packed snow is one of the most common threats that winter brings, and is one that affects thousands of people every year. In fact, a CDC study reported that slip and fall accidents account for millions of injuries every year in the United States, and that more than 15,000 people are killed due to complications from slip and fall accidents.

While icy conditions frequently lead to these types of accidents, there are preventative steps that people can take to lessen their chances of injury and death. By adhering to these safety tips, individuals can hopefully keep themselves and their families safe.
• Never carry anything in your hands while walking on icy ground. If you do happen to slip and fall, you will be unable to brace yourself and could injure your head, which can lead to serious injuries.
• Don’t rush! The faster you try to walk on icy conditions, the more likely it is you will lose your footing and slip and fall. Take your time, and make sure that you leave early enough to take your time.
• Wear the proper footwear. Shoes with good traction can do a lot to prevent a slip and fall accident.
• Test the ground ahead of you before stepping on it. Even if the ground looks to be stable, you want to extend your foot ahead of you to make sure it’s not slippery. If it is slippery, respond by exercising extra caution.

Information provided by Tami Dickeson, Norwalk Nursing and Rehab, 921 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, 515-981-0604.

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