is a serious concern for people at any age. But for adults age 73, falls are a
leading cause of injury-related death according to the National Safety Council.
When you walk
on ice, extra precaution is needed because your chances of slipping increase
dramatically. Sometimes, you will not even see the ice on the sidewalks. Prevent
falls on ice by following some specific tips.
physically healthy. Those who have good fitness
levels are stronger and more flexible, according to the National Safety Council.
sidewalks clear of ice. Shovel snow and ice so they do not accumulate on them.
Use a dissolving agent such as rock salt on outdoor surfaces to keep surfaces
dry. If you are unable to complete the work yourself, hire someone, or ask for
help from neighbors or family
shoes with sturdy soles and good treads. The outer sole of your shoes help you
grip the ground as you walk. If your shoes or boots have become smooth on the
bottom, wear something over your shoes or replace them.
that all surfaces are slippery, so you will be aware of your surroundings and
more cautious as you walk. This is also important when getting out of a car
and stepping down on the ground. When you are caught off-guard by slippery
surfaces, you can fall.
your eyes and head up. Looking down at the ground throws off your balance and
could cause you to bump into someone or something straight ahead of you. If you
have glasses and look down, you might trip because your vision is compromised.
like a penguin. Your center of gravity widens this way. Point your toes out and
shift your weight from side to side like a penguin does; this type of walking
feels, and looks, a lot like a shuffle.
your feet fully on the ground as you walk. It can be tempting to walk on tiptoes
across ice. It is recommended that you walk with flat feet and slightly bent
knees while on ice.
your arms out at your side and slightly extended when on icy sidewalks. Do not
put your hands in your pockets or on your hips. Think of someone walking on a
tightrope and maintaining balance with his arms.