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5 Fall Prevention Tips for Snow and Ice

It’s that time of year again in Saratoga Springs, NY. The cold weather is back, bringing with it, snow and ice. And with snow and ice comes an increased risk for slips and falls. A fall can aggravate an existing back condition or cause damage to the spinal cord, creating a new problem. Here are some fall prevention tips as we come into the snowy season in New York.

Fall Prevention Tips for the Snow and Ice Season

Remove Snow as Soon as Possible After a Storm

As snow is walked on it gets compressed and can quickly form ice. That’s why it’s a good idea to remove snow from walkways as soon as possible after a storm. Removing the snow also makes it easier for individuals to see the ground surface and helps ensure they aren’t stepping on snow with ice hidden beneath it.

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Apply Salt or Sand to the Surface

fall prevention tips for snow and ice conditionsApplying salt to your walkways helps melt the snow and ice faster. If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of using salt you have a few options. One option is to shovel up the excess salt after the snow has melted and throw it away. This prevents some of the salt from being absorped into the ground. Another option is to manually remove as much snow/ice as possible and apply sand to increase traction and reduce your chances of slipping.

Wear Appropriate Footwear for Snow and Ice

Wear appropriate footwear during the winter months and in snowy conditions. This means, find shoes that help you create traction with the ground as you walk. The best shoes have rubber soles with a thick tread. Another option is to use anti-slip devices that you put over your shoes. You should avoid walking on icy surfaces while wearing smooth soled shoes.

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Walk Slowly and Watch for Icy Spots

Walk slowly and watch for icy spots on the surface as you are walking. Try to avoid snow covered services which may have ice beneath them. At night make sure you are walking in well lit areas.

Use a Walking Aid, or Friend, for Support

If you have difficulty walking or have a condition which makes you uneasy on your feet, it may help to use a walking aid on icy surfaces. Suitable walking aids should have a bottom made of non-slip material, such as rubber. If you don’t have a cane or walking aid, lean on a friend to provide stability.

Have a safe and enjoyable winter. And if you’re planning on hitting the slopes, you may want to read about skiing and back pain.

*Please Note: Information on this site or any recommended sites should not be used as a diagnosis or a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.
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