Avoid a Tumble this Winter

Health & Well Being

If wintertime where you live means snow and ice — and slippery walking surfaces — you’ll want to take precautions to avoid a nasty spill.

Snow and ice can make slipping and falling more likely to occur. Even a short walk to the mailbox can end in a fall. Use these winter-wise tips to help stay safe:

Clear walkways. Remove snow and ice from driveways and walkways. Or hire someone to do this for you. If you choose to remove the snow yourself, be sure to:

  • Ask your doctor if shoveling is safe for you. It may strain the heart.
  • Push the snow with your shovel instead of lifting it.
  • Shovel often — it’s easier to remove fresh snow before it piles up.
  • Slow down and take breaks.

Stock up on sand, rock salt or deicer. Use it to keep walkways, driveways, steps and patios ice-free and to add traction.

Wear the right shoes. Speaking of traction, wear winter boots or shoes with rubber, nonslip soles.

Walk like a penguin. Try to steer clear of icy paths. But if you must walk in places that could be icy, stay flat-footed: With your arms out for balance, take small steps or shuffle your feet until you’re in the clear.

Home, safe home

For ideas on how to stay safe and warm this winter, check out our blog.