Winter weather in Northern Wisconsin is undoubtedly beautiful, but if you aren’t careful, it can also lead to a slip-and-fall, twisted ankle or broken bones. Whether you’re new to the area or have lived in Wisconsin your entire life, it never hurts to refresh on important safety practices.
According to The National Safety Council, slips and falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Slippery and wet conditions can compound the challenges seniors and other less-mobile individuals face. So, to ensure your family members and neighbors stay safe, it’s important to keep safety at the top of mind. In this blog post, we’ve compiled a short list of suggestions:
Walk like a penguin. Waddling around might feel silly, but according to the CDC, penguins can teach us a lot about avoiding an accident while walking on snow and ice. By bending your back slightly and pointing your feet outward, you can maximize your center of balance. Once your feet are spread apart, take very small steps and keep your feet as flat as possible. The slower you walk, the better.
Put out salt or gravel. Ice and snow are notoriously slippery. If your home or business has walkways or a driveway, take an extra step and sprinkle the snow and ice with rock salt or gravel. The small pebbles can provide extra traction and make walking on these surfaces less dangerous.
Choose high-quality footwear. During the winter months, wearing shoes with strong traction should be a top priority. Livestrong.com recommends investing in shoes with large treads or raised patterns. You may also want to consider waterproof soles. For additional insights, check out this link.
Whether you plan on snowshoeing, ice fishing, or just exploring the snow-covered woods, make sure that you take steps to protect your health and well-being. In winter conditions, remember to slow down, stay alert and always watch where you are going.