8 Tips To Prevent Wintry Falls

These eight tips can help you to maintain your balance and move confidently across

snowy, icy or wet surfaces.

 

  1. Traction
    Wear shoes with good traction.
  2. Dress warm
    If you’re warm, your muscles will stay relaxed. Tense muscles can adversely affect your balance.
  3. Be careful getting out of your car
    Plant both feet firmly on the ground before moving. Steady yourself on the door frame until you have your balance.
  4. 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.
  5. Take extra time
    Don’t rush. Take short steps with your toes pointed slightly outward to maintain a stable base of support.
  6. Pay attention
    Stay aware of the surfaces ahead of you. Look down with your eyes only. If you move your head downward, you may shift your balance.
  7. Black Ice
    When walking in the dark or in shadowy areas, stay alert for black ice. It is treacherous and extremely slippery.
  8. Keep your driveway and walkways clear
    Pay someone to do this if necessary.