Reminders for avoiding slips and falls this winter |

Reminders for avoiding slips and falls this winter

Lisa Humphrey, RN
SNMH Employee Health Nurse

The winter season is upon us, and along with the fresh smell of the rain and peaceful snow there can be increased risk of a fall. The tips below are a reminder to keep you safe in the snow and ice this winter:

Look before you leap

 Slips and falls often occur when stepping out of a vehicle in a hurry without taking a moment to see the condition of the ground below.

Avoid painted surfaces on the pavement as they tend to be slippery.

Dress the part

Shoes with a rubber sole and tracking are best for navigating through icy areas.

Shoe coverings are also an effective way to gain traction. Ice traction slip-on cleats offer a lightweight solution to staying steady on slick surfaces.

If you are planning on wearing formal shoes with a heel, pack them in a tote and slip them on after you have arrived safely at your destination.

Preparedness pays off   

Follow local forecasts and avoid running errands during times rain/snow is predicted.

Keep umbrella and rain boots in your car to be prepared for a storm that catches you by surprise.

Use handrails   

If hand rails are available along walkways or stairs, use them for assistance with balance and keeping your footing secure on the ground.

Stay on the beaten path   

Avoid dark, uncovered or uncleared walkways.

These areas without exposure to sunlight or areas that are not maintained can contain patches of ice, uneven ground or hidden puddles of water.

Wipe or clean your shoes once inside for your safety and those coming in after you.

Report any hazards

If you see a slip hazard, report the situation to someone who can take action.

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