As winter approaches the danger of slips and falls increases. Even in sunny Florida, rain, snow, and sleet make surfaces slippery and more dangerous. However, there are things that you can do to ensure that you stay safe.
Have a plan
Be knowledgeable of weather conditions and wait for bad weather to improve before going out. Don’t rush, give yourself enough time to get to your destination. Try another route if your usual one is particularly snowy or icy. having a plan can help avoid slip-and-fall accidents.
Look out for icy patches and test for black ice. Scan your route for rocks, snow or stray branches that could make you fall. Stay off your cell phone while you are walking.
Wear extra layers of clothing and gloves, the extra padding can help if you have a slip and fall accident. Boots or shoes that have sip resistant soles are the safest during winter weather. Avoid loose shoes or shoes with high heels.
Keep your hands free
Carry as few items as possible, you want your arms free to help keep your balance. If you must carry several things, use a backpack. You can avoid serious injuries by bracing yourself with your hands. If you fall, drop what you are carrying and protect your body.
Be careful entering or exiting
When you are exiting your car, hold on to your vehicle. When you are entering a building, wipe your feet: Removing as much snow and ice as you can decreases the likelihood of a fall once you are inside. Use handrails if they are available.
The surest way to stay safe during dangerous weather is to stay inside, however, that is not always possible. Use care if you do have to go out. Be aware of your surroundings and take your time.