If you’ve ever slipped on ice before, you know that the danger is serious. Broken arms, broken hips, and head and back injuries are a few of the most common injuries people suffer then they Fall on ice – and, unfortunately, they’re also some of the most life-altering.
The good news is that even in icy conditions, you can protect yourself from a painful slip and fall injury. The easiest way is to know what to avoid.
The first rule of walking in winter weather conditions is to pay attention to your surroundings. That means put away cell phones, newspapers, and other distractions and watch where you’re going – particularly your feet. Since you can’t always see ice, look for other clues that could signify a dangerous condition, like:
- Wet spots on the pavement, which might look like puddles but could actually be black ice
- Thin coatings of snow, which can camouflage slippery layers of ice underneath
- Wet leaves, which can still remain slippery even if the temperature is no longer below freezing
- Frost, which can be slick even if it looks harmless and can make unexpected surfaces, like grass, slippery
If at all possible, stay away from these hazards. You don’t know from a distance just how dangerous they might be, but you don’t want to get close enough to find out.