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8 Tips to Avoid Winter Falls

Published on Feb. 17, 2020

These tips can help you to maintain your balance and move safely and confidently across snowy, icy, or wet surfaces this winter:

  1. Wear smart footwear. Avoid high heels and shoes with smooth soles. Flat shoes or boots with good traction are the way to go!  
  2. Be careful when exiting your vehicle or a building. Your footwear is warm and will be very slippery when you step on the snow or ice. Use your vehicle for support when exiting your car.
  3. Be careful when entering a building. Remove as much snow from your shoes as possible.  Remember that wet shoes plus a tile floor equals a slippery situation.
  4. Walk like a penguin. It may sound funny, but you don’t see these ice dwelling waddlers falling. Bend slightly and walk flat-footed. Keep your knees relaxed. Point your toes out and take small steps.
  5. Keep your hands free. If you have items to carry, use a backpack. Keep your hands out of your pockets and ready to help with your balance.
  6. Take your time. Give yourself a few extra minutes to get where you’re going. Rushing or running could be your downfall (literally).
  7. Be aware of your surroundings. Keep a lookout for black ice, snow-covered ice, uneven surfaces, and unsalted areas. Focus your attention on walking and put your phone away.
  8. Be prepared to fall. This may sound contradictory, but if it’s going to happen, here’s how to do it: Relax your muscles and fall on your side. Try to avoid landing on your hands, knees, or back. 

Remember, winter is serious business in northern Michigan. Be prepared! For more winter safety tips, click here.