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Avoiding falls on the ice and snow


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The recent icy weather serves as a reminder for people to be careful when walking this winter.

Dr. Eric Grobe of Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse works in the emergency room.

Each year, he says dozens of people are treated for injuries from falling on ice and snow.

He offers these suggestions to help people-both young and old-reduce the risk of falling on slippery winter surfaces: 

  • Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles such as rubber and neoprene composite. Slick leather or plastic soles on shoes will definitely increase the risk of slipping.
  • When getting out of a vehicle, look down at the surface. If it is coated with ice, consider parking in a different place.
  • Use special care when entering or exiting vehicles. Use the vehicle for support. Before standing, brace yourself with the vehicle door and seat back, which will provide some stability.
  • Step – do not jump – from vehicles and equipment.
  • Don't walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces the ability to use your arms for balance if you do slip.
  • Take short shuffling steps in very icy areas.
  • Don't carry or swing heavy loads. Large boxes, cases or purses may cause you to lose balance when you are walking.
  • When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible.
  • Don't step on uneven surfaces. Avoid curbs with ice on them.
  • Keep your full attention on walking. Digging in your pocketbook or backpack while walking on ice is dangerous.
  • Test potentially slick areas by tapping your foot on them.
  • Keep walkways clear of debris, water, ice and slippery materials.


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