Seven Things You Can Do to Avoid Slipping on the Ice
If you’ve lived in the Edmond and OKC area long enough, you know the area sees enough snow and ice each winter to make walking treacherous at times. Whether it’s black ice on sidewalks and driveways, frozen frost on your front steps, or packed snow in a parking lot, it can seem like winter is out to get you. Follow these tips to decrease your chances of slipping and winding up in Urgent Care.
- Take it slow. While walking, ensure each foot is stable before resting your weight on it and picking up the other.
- Watch out. This may seem obvious, but take a little more time on every aspect of your walk, from surveying the terrain when you exit your car, to assessing the ground in front of you while walking.
- Wear good shoes. Shoes with good traction such as boots and other slip-resistant footwear can cut your risks of slipping on ice and packed snow.
- Shuffle sideways. On inclined, icy areas where you’re at risk for even further reduced traction, move one foot sideways, keeping it flat and meeting it with the other before taking your next step. Be extra careful not to cross your feet, which makes the body even more unstable.
- Stay on cleared paths. Areas that are unclear, such as parking lot corners, little-used sidewalks, and driveways, may contain nasty surprises such as ice beneath new snowfall.
- Avoid walking with your arms full. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but walking with items in your arms hampers your ability to brace yourself against falls. Try using a backpack instead.
- Keep your driveway and associated sidewalks clear and notify facility managers if public and business pavement is not clear.
Slips and falls are one of the most common winter injuries, particularly for those over 55. Following these tips can help you avoid the need to visit Urgent Care Edmond, but if you’re in need of winter Urgent Care in Edmond or OKC, stop in and see us at First Med Urgent Care, no appointment necessary.