Winter showed up with a vengeance in Minnesota. A little bit of snow, slightly warmer temperatures and then freezing cold all make for a dangerous mix. Whether you are driving or walking, be aware of the potential for unseen icy conditions. On the roads it might be icy patches or black ice.
Walking, even getting in and out of cars, present hazards that will be with us for months. Slips and falls increase this time of year. They can result in minor sprains and strains, to broken bones and very serious head trauma. We don’t usually think about a slip on the ice causing a fatality, but it happens. I know someone who was widowed with two young children when her husband fell on the ice, hitting his head.
Thanks to SFM for some winter walking tips, at home and at work:
- See snow, go slow.
- Step down, not out. When getting out of a vehicle, swing both feet to the ground, using the vehicle for support as you stand.
- Walk with the penguin shuffle–small steps, feet out, knees slightly bent
- Wear proper footwear. You can always change once you get to work. And, remember proper outerwear–coat, gloves and hat appropriate for the weather. It does not matter that you go from a heated garage at home to only a short walk into your workplace. Cars break down, accidents happen. Warm clothing will help you survive.