Moving about in harsh, winter weather can be dangerous even for individuals who have spent their entire lives around snow and ice. To keep yourself, and your loved ones, safe during the winter months, here are some tips to avoid potential injuries associated with winter slips and falls.
First of all, individuals should make sure to keep the area in front of their own residence free from ice and packed snow by either shoveling or putting sand and /or salt on areas where people may walk. This will not only protect you and your family, but also neighbors who may be walking past.
You should also make sure that you are dressed appropriately for winter weather. To prevent slipping on ice or snow, correct footwear is your best defense. Shoes with good traction will help you grip the ground and lessen your chances of falling. Also, if you live in a particularly icy area, you should try and wear shoes that provide good ankle support, as this will reduce your chances of spraining your ankle if a fall should occur.
When walking, you should always be sure to walk slowly with your arms free. You should extend your feet out slowly in front of you before you take a full step to test the area for slickness. Walk with your knees loose, and if you can, bend them as this will lower your center of gravity and add stability.
Finally, keep your hands out of your pockets and free of any other items so that if a fall should occur, you can brace yourself, protecting your head and face.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to slipping or falling, contact the Stevens Point slip & fall attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 715-345-0004 today to discuss your legal rights.