Shared from the Munson Healthcare Blog. Winter brings slippery conditions, follow these tips for success!
Safe Walking Tips
- Wear smart footwear. Avoid high heels and shoes with smooth soles. Flat shoes or boots with good traction are the way to go!
- Be careful when exiting your vehicle or a building. Your footwear is warm and will be very slippery when you step on the snow or ice. Use your vehicle for support when exiting your car.
- Be careful when entering a building. Remove as much snow from your shoes as possible. Remember that wet shoes plus a tile floor equals a slippery situation.
- Walk like a penguin. It may sound funny, but you don’t see these ice dwelling waddlers falling. Bend slightly and walk flat-footed. Keep your knees relaxed. Point your toes out and take small steps.
- Keep your hands free. If you have items to carry, use a backpack. Keep your hands out of your pockets and ready to help with your balance.
- Take your time. Give yourself a few extra minutes to get where you’re going. Rushing or running could be your downfall (literally).
- Be aware of your surroundings. Keep a lookout for black ice, snow-covered ice, uneven surfaces, and unsalted areas. Focus your attention on walking and put your phone away.
- Be prepared to fall. This may sound contradictory, but if it’s going to happen, here’s how to do it: Relax your muscles and fall on your side. Try to avoid landing on your hands, knees, or back.
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