March 15, 2017
How to Walk on Ice Avoiding Slip and Fall Accidents
By Jonathan Damashek
The recent blizzard left New York’s streets completely covered with snow and ice. This makes walking on them very dangerous, especially for children and seniors. For that reason, today we want to share several safety tips listed by SafeBee.com that will help you stay safe while walking on the icy streets of New York. Read carefully:
- Sidewalks and parking lots may seem clear but could have a layer of dangerous, translucent ice. If available, grass is always the safest option.
- Staying hands free is a must. In case you slip and fall, having your hands free will help you break your fall. Wearing a pair of gloves will also help you avoid putting your hands in your pockets.
- If possible, wear low, wide-heeled shoes with thick-tread soles made of rubber. Avoid wearing wood, plastic or leather soles that can be slippery. Wear a puffy coat to cushion the fall
- Wearing sunglasses will help you see clearer considering the snow’s white glare.
- As silly as it may sound, you can avoid slip and fall accidents by doing the “penguin’s walk”: Spread your feet to broaden your base, bend your knees slightly and put your arms out to your sides for balance. If you can’t do the penguin, keep your feet one foot apart and slowly take small steps, aligning your feet after each step.
- If you happen to fall, try to go down leaning forward so the back of your head and spine don’t hit the ice. Ideally, try to fall on your thigh, hip and shoulders, where the bones that are more difficult to break.
Although the storm is over, the snow and ice can take many days to melt. Walk carefully and do not rush. If you or a family member is injured in a slip and fall accident, contact us now for a free consultation.