With our first snow nearly upon us, many of us on Cape Cod start thinking about icy sidewalks, steps and driveways. A fall on the ice is nothing anyone enjoys, but for a senior citizen it could be a life-altering mishap. An immobilizing injury in an out-of-site area has led to dire consequences for too many seniors over the years.
Our friends at Traction Magic have offered some winter safety tips which we happily pass along. Traction Magic is a rather interesting product, as you will see in the embedded video below.
Whatever product you use to treat your sidewalks, steps, decks and driveways - be careful out there!
Winter Safety/Slip Prevention Tips
From Traction Magic – www.TractionMagic.com
Sometimes the shoes that look and work best inside are not the best on the ice and snow outside. Have two pairs. One for the trip outside and one for inside once you arrive safely. Additionally, a fluffy, padded coat may help protect you in a fall.
a.Inspect the walkway you will be using; be sure you know what you are walking on.
b.Use something to create traction and absorb the moisture for walkways. Like Traction Magic
c.Walk like a penguin. (Ever see a penguin fall on the ice?) Spread your legs out and take short, deliberate steps.
d.Put your phone in your coat pocket. Free hands help you balance yourself. And if you do go down, your phone is more likely to crack if it’s in your hands than if it’s protected in a pocket.
e.Watch for black ice if melting has begun.
f.Use hand railings where they are available.
g.Watch out for wet, slippery floors at building entrances and exits.
PLAN for a fall:
If you do start to fall on an untreated surface, try not to tense your body. It may be hard but relaxing on the way down is your best bet…becoming tense during the fall can lead to greater injuries.
a.If you fall backward, try to sit as you fall. Tuck your chin to avoid hitting the back of your head on the ground.
b.If you fall, do not immediately try to get up. It’s good to take a few seconds to relax, compose yourself and assess your situation. Are you hurt? Look around and see if there might be a place nearby that you can scoot to for better traction or that has something to hold onto.
Cold Car Care:
c.Fresh, dry pair of socks and gloves
e.A warm blanket, bottled water and snacks in case you get stuck in your car