Saturday, January 25, 2020

Safely Walking on Icy Surfaces

As I walk in cold climates where icy streets are the norm, I’m always
observing how people walk on slippery surfaces. Many people break
their shoulder, arm, wrist or hip when falling on a slick sidewalk.
There are some things you can do to reduce the risk of falling.

Here are a few:

Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. Instead, keep your
arms by your side.

Take small steps and keep your weight forward, on the front of your foot,
rather than leaning back or putting your weight on the back of your foot

Look for parallel surfaces, such as sand, grass, snow or even gravel, that
are not slippery and that you can safely navigate to your destination.

When stepping off a curb, do so cautiously, placing your foot straight down,
rather than taking a big step far from the curb, which can place you off balance.

When walking down outdoor steps, especially steep, long ones that are
found at many outdoor metro stations, always hold the rail.

    Wear shoes or boots that have great traction. I’ve written about a company that sells shoes and boots with tiny cleats, such as Ice Bug.