During the winter months, it is important to remember key tips to stay safe walking in icy and snowy conditions.
We’ve put together a short checklist of some tips to keep you safe – many of these tips we’ve learned from penguins and the way they waddle across the ice.
- Take short, slow, shuffling steps.
- Point your feet out to the side.
- Spread your feet out so that it increases your center of gravity.
- Walk flat footed and wear shoes with tread.
- Look ahead and extend your arms out to maintain balance.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets.
- Walk in designated walkways.
- When on steps, always use the hand railings.
- Be careful when entering and exiting vehicles and hold on for support when stepping out of the vehicle.
- Take your time – allow any extra time that may be needed in icy conditions.
And if you do fall, remember to tuck and roll. If you find that you are slipping, tuck into a ball to make yourself as small as you can and protect your head and face from the fall. Don’t use your hands to catch yourself, try to land on the fleshy parts of your body.
Still have questions? Contact your R-Health doctor for more tips.