According to the federal Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), slip and fall accidents account for more than one million injuries in the United States annually. In addition, a large percentage of slip and fall injuries involve snow and ice.
To aid in efforts to reduce these types of slip and fall accidents, SIMA recently released a list of the top ten tips for winter walking.
First, wear proper footwear. You should avoid smooth soled footwear and should try to wear footwear with good treading in order to limit slip, trip and fall accidents.
Second, make sure you are able to see clearly, and be seen. You should wear sunglasses to guard against reflective glare off of snow surfaces. You should also wear bright colors to ensure that drivers can see you and thereby avoid unnecessary car accidents.
Third, be sure to walk carefully, and look where you are going. SIMA maintains that it is important to be aware of your surroundings and know if there are any obstacles ahead or if you may be creating a hazard for motor vehicles.
Fourth, do not listen to music with your headphones or get caught in conversation while walking. It is important that you be able to hear, just as much as it is important that you be able to see where you are going. If you have headphones on, it may be difficult for you to hear oncoming cars or snowplows.
Fifth, always keep an eye out for black ice. Ice often develops in places that receive minimal sunlight and can be difficult to spot. Sometimes black ice will look like wet pavement, so it is important that you anticipate the presence of ice in order to avoid snow and ice accidents.
Sixth, be extra cautious while walking on steps. Hold on to the guardrails and make sure you go slowly.
Seventh, when you enter buildings, such as schools, work buildings or shopping malls, make sure that you tread carefully. These floors are often wet from others entering and tracking in melted snow and ice.
Eighth, be careful when you shift your weight from different surfaces. For instance, a number of people slip and fall when they step off of a curb or attempt to get into their cars.
Ninth, avoid taking shortcut paths. If there is snow or ice on the ground, the safer bet is to take more trodden routes because these routes are more likely to have their snow and ice removed.
Finally, and tenth, SIMA recommends that you keep your head up and be aware of potential snow and ice falling from above. Especially look out for awnings, building ledges or other surfaces where snow and ice might melt and break away.
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