Winter Safety Tips for Preventing Slips and Falls on Icy Surfaces
Slick, icy conditions can be a major hazard during the winter months, and falls can result in serious injuries. As a chiropractor, I see the consequences of these types of falls all too often.
One important tip to help prevent slips and falls on icy surfaces is to be aware of the fact that the first few steps out of your car or out of your house are often the slickest, and when most people fall. This is because your shoes are warm to room temperature, which creates a thin layer of water above the snow or ice and causes you to slide very easily.
To help prevent falls in these situations, try standing still outside your car or house for a few seconds before you start walking. This will allow the bottom of your shoes to cool and become tacky, which will help improve traction and prevent slips.
It's also a good idea to wear appropriate footwear when walking on icy surfaces. Invest in a good pair of boots or shoes with good traction to help prevent slips. Additionally, consider using sand or kitty litter to provide extra traction on slippery sidewalks and driveways.
Finally, take small steps and walk slowly on icy surfaces to help maintain your balance. It's also a good idea to keep your hands free in case you do slip, so you can catch yourself.
By following these simple tips, you can help prevent slips and falls on icy surfaces and stay safe this winter. If you do happen to fall and suffer an injury, don't hesitate to contact a chiropractor for help. At our practice, we are dedicated to helping our patients get back on their feet and feeling their best.