Avoid slip and falls this winter

The risk of slip and fall accidents dramatically increase during the winter months given the slippery surfaces that our beloved snow leaves for us. Anyone can suffer an accident, but taking some precautionary measures can help reduce the risk of injuries associated with a fall.

Choose Safe Footwear
It is certainly understandable that many people want to be fashionable or wear their favorite boots and shoes when going out; however, when it comes to your winter safety, choosing the right footwear can help ensure you have the solid footing you need to stay safe. This is especially important in the winter when conditions such as snow and ice can present a serious slipping risk.

1. Consider wearing flats or low heels with rubber soles.

2. Athletic shoes are often a great choice because they have slip-resistant soles and offer the stability needed to provide good traction and sure footing.

3. Make sure laces are tied and out of the way.

Take Smaller Steps
Many people spend very little time thinking about how they actually walk from one point to another; however, when navigating potentially slippery surfaces or areas of ice and snow, concentrating on your steps can help ensure you have safe footing.

Take small steps and make sure you have a solid surface before transferring your weight. It takes only one misstep to cause a fall and many of these falls can be avoided by making sure each step is as safe as possible.

Remove Potential Hazards
An important part of ensuring your safety is to remove any potential tripping or slipping hazards before they become a problem. This includes making sure that driveways and sidewalks are clear. Sticks, slippery leaves, snow and ice can all pose significant slipping hazards. Keeping these areas clear can help prevent accidental injuries caused by falls. Of course, properly maintaining steps and other outdoor surfaces will also be important. Cracked sidewalks, missing handrails or even loose steps can be extremely dangerous.

Exercise for Better Stability
While there are certainly many things you can do to eliminate tripping or slipping risks around your home, consider the benefits of a regular exercise program. Many people know that keeping physically active is an important part of good health, especially as we age. However, regular exercise can also help increase one’s core strength, leading to better posture and improved balance.

Choosing exercises that will provide additional strength and stability while also helping to prevent injuries is an important part of making sure you are as healthy and safe as possible.

Stay safe from slip and falls this winter!