10 tips to avoid slips, trips and falls this winter

10 tips to avoid slips, trips and falls this winter

Cold weather brings more than ice and snow to our area. It also increases the risk of slips, trips and falls. Here are tips to help you maintain your balance and keep moving despite snowy, icy or wet conditions.

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for ice or snow on streets, sidewalks or surfaces ahead of you. 
  2. Only look down with your eyes as you walk, keeping your head steady. 
  3. Wear slip-resistant shoes or boots with good traction.
  4. Dress warm. If you’re warm, your muscles will stay relaxed. Tense muscles can adversely affect your balance.
  5. Be careful getting out of your car. Place both feet firmly on the ground before moving. Use the door frame to steady yourself until you have your balance.
  6. Don’t take shortcuts. Stay on cleared sidewalks and paths, and don’t walk between parked cars. Remember that grassy slopes can be as slippery as snowy steps.
  7. Slow down. Take short steps with your toes pointed slightly outward to maintain a stable base of support.
  8. Keep your hands out of your pockets and avoid carrying items. Your arms help you maintain balance.
  9. Stay alert for black ice, particularly dark or shadowy areas. It is treacherous and extremely slippery.
  10. Clear your steps, driveway and walkways of snow or ice.
  11. Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control. If you experience an injury in a fall, Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can help you recover.

Recommendations provided by American Bone Health, a national grassroots organization that supports strong and healthy bones.

Posted: 1/25/2019 by Goshen Health
Filed under: orthopedics

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