Keep winter fall-free

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

A drop in temperature often means a rise in falls. In part, getting around safely means adjusting to the snow and ice, i.e. wearing shoes or boots that provide solid treads and traction (not leather or plastic soles), and walking slower with smaller steps than you would in good weather, to keep your centre of balance under you.

It’s basic, but keep your driveway, walkways, and sidewalk clear. By shovelling and using salt or sand as quickly as possible after it snows or freezes up, you, your visitors, and pedestrians can greatly reduce the chance of slips and tumbles.

There’s a safe way to shovel – keep knees bent, shovel small amounts at a time, and try to push instead of throw. Just as important, think of any neighbours who can’t clear their own paths because of their age or physical condition. Shovelling is a great way for kids to stay active. By pitching in, we add a little warmth to our neighbourhood’s winter.

For more tips on preventing injuries, click here.