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Walk Like a Penguin and Stay Safe This Winter

Every winter the number of injuries that come from falls increases by more than 10 times. Changes in weather conditions can quickly occur as the temperature drops with snow or freezing rain and ice. Awareness and prevention are the best ways to stop slip and fall accidents during the winter.

Start by keeping your driveway, walkway and sidewalk free of ice and snow. Salt high traffic areas with a deicer if you think ice may form. When walking watch the pathway for slippery surfaces and avoid if unsure. Wear boots or sturdy water-proof shoes with slip-resistant soles for stability and use caution getting in and out of your vehicle.

When walking in slippery conditions walk like a penguin. Although It may sound silly, short shuffling steps can decrease your chances of falling.

  • Keep your center of gravity over your front leg, with your arms free and out to the side to maintain your balance.

  • Walk slowly and shorten your stride, taking short shuffling steps.

  • Keep your feet about a shoulder-width apart, so you can react quickly to a change in traction when walking on an icy or snow covered walkway.

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