5 best tips to get a grip and prevent slip-ups on ice, snow & slippery surfaces.

For most of us, snow is synonymous of end-of-the-year festivities and happiness like Thanksgivings and Christmas watching it covering our beautiful landscapes. It’s also a great entertaining time for kids making snowmen and having fun with snowball battles. On the downside, a winter with ice & snow can be really tricky and slippery for anyone walking outside. So, here are the top five tips to get a grip and prevent slip-ups and falls!

 

 

1. Get Weather Report Updates 

According to healthcare providers, emergency admissions dramatically increase in the days after the first snowfalls. As people start getting used to snowfalls, their focus and fall risk assessment drop leading to more injuries. It’s really easy to get used to snow walking, but people fail to understand that there are different types of snow depending on time. Admission growth is generally happening when the snow starts melting and then gets iced at night, which makes it even more slippery, as there is a compact layer of ice we can’t see. It gets even worst when there is another early morning snowfall because the ice is underneath, which means it takes more time to melt. So, the best fall risk assessment we can work on is getting the latest weather update report that will tell what happened the night before and warn of unpleasant weather. It’s actually easier to get weather reports now, as a number of useful smartphone applications will allow you to receive instant notifications based on weather alerts like AccuWeather.

 

2. Learn To Walk Like Penguins

To prevent slip-ups, take little steps like penguins do; watch this 

It’s fascinating to see how animals have adapted their capabilities to weather conditions. See how penguins walk on ice & snow, for instance. To emulate their walk, take little steps and spread your body weight across the entire surface of your feet so that the weight is equally distributed preventing slips.

It may not be the most fashionable street style, but if it can save you a trip to the emergency room, not to mention cost related to it, why not walking like a penguin for a few days!

 

3. Get the right shoes

Sneakers and running shoes ain’t gonna be your best friends to get a good grip. Just because they may feature fancy soles for a better adherence while running or on basketball courts, it doesn’t mean they provide a good grip on ice and snow.

 

Getting the right shoes for winter is essential to fall prevention. Check out shoes or boots that offer deep rubber ridges that will get a better traction on snow, ice and slippery surfaces. Boots that cover the ankle are recommended, as they will provide a better ankle support in case you twist your ankle.

 

4. Stick Your Poles

Hiking sticks provide good stability and traction 

People wear sunglasses in summer; get umbrellas when it’s raining; so why not use some walking sticking when it’s snowing? After all, the most successful and ‘badass’ explorers have been using hiking sticks for a reason. Without those essential accessories, they probably wouldn’t have been able to climb rough terrains.  Hiking sticks provide good stability and balance placing pressure on the sides rather than the knees.

 

 

5. Buy Ice & Snow Grips Ice grips for shoes featuring ceramic pad technology are the best risk fall assessment tip to prevent slip-ups.

It seems pretty straight forward, but there are still many people out there who don’t even know that snow grips for shoes are add-on devices that can be attached to shoes and boots providing traction on ice and snow.

 

The easy way to prevent slips, trips and falls is to wear city crampons (find out more) that are bottom soles that can be slipped over any shoes and boots. It’s a convenient solution, as are easy to carry (handbags, car gloves) and can be used by kids, adults and senior citizens.

 

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