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Stay on Your Feet this Winter

SlipFallSignWinter is here and with it, the risk for slips, trips, and falls. Last winter, more than 21,000 people in  Ontario visited the emergency room due to injuries from falling on ice or snow.
Today, advanced technology in winter clothing, footwear and mobility aids are specifically designed to minimize accidental slip and falls.

 

SpikeShoesYour Winter Check List & Tips

  • Boots are for adults, too! Wear proper footwear that provides the grip you need to combat icy and snowy conditions.
  • Slip on ice-grippers work well but winter boots give excellent ankle support to prevent ankle fractures.
  • SkiPoleSlow down your walking pace and watch where you’re going. Falls are more likely to happen when you make a sudden or unexpected move, or you are late for an appointment.
  • Dress for the weather. You’ll feel more comfortable and less stressed in the cold, which means less likely to be rushing.
  • The most common place for a slip and fall accident is in the 100 meter radius outside of your own property. Sand, salt and clear your snow for yourself and others.
  • If you carry a cane, attach an ice pick at the end of your cane ( available at most drug stores).
  • Regular exercises that focus on balance and resistance is good for preventing falls or making a fall less severe. Exercising gives you better reaction time, clearer brain function and more coordination. Stronger and larger muscles also buffer the impact of a fall, providing some protection to bones and joints.