The risk of slipping, tripping, and falling increases dramatically during winter months. To help you stay safe this season, we have put together 10 winter safety tips to prevent slips, trips, and falls:
Try to park your vehicle in a clear area and watch where you step as you get in or out.
Whether it’s one big item or five small ones, ask for help or take multiple trips so that you are never obstructing your sight.
Make sure your route ahead is clear of hazards such as rocks, clumps of snow, or a stray branch.
Walking slowly and taking small steps will help you maintain your balance.
As the name indicates, slip-resistant soles lessen your chance of slipping on ice, snow, or water.
Whether walking or driving, leave your current location 5-10 minutes early in case roads and sidewalks are covered with snow and ice.
Also, if you fall backward, tuck your chin into your chest to prevent hitting your head against the ground.
Try tapping your foot on potentially slick areas to see if they are safe to walk on. If not, find another route to take.
If you’re parked in a potentially slick area, be sure to hold onto your car when entering and exiting so you can maintain your balance.
Removing as much snow and water as possible from your shoes will decrease your chance of slipping when walking around inside.