Winter Safely: How to Prevent Falls
When the chill of winter settles in, even a short walk from your front door to your driveway can become a dangerous journey.
When surfaces are snowy, icy and slippery, you're more likely to fall and injure your head or break a bone. Falls can be serious for anyone, but it's especially so for older adults who are less likely to recover from a fractured hip or other injury.
For safer walking, no matter what your age, consider these tips:
Choose cold-weather boots with grooved soles made from rubber or other nonslip materials.
If you encounter ice, try to go around it
Look for a nearby snowy or grassy patch that you can step on for better traction.
Beware of black ice
It may just look like a wet or glazed spot on a sidewalk.
Take shorter steps and walk with your knees slightly bent. Leave for your destination early so you won't be tempted to walk quickly to your car or the bus.
Use deicer on walkways
And remove snow before it piles up. Snow removal can be strenuous work. If you have a medical condition, check with your doctor before you shovel, or better yet, have someone else shovel it for you.
American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Department of Labor