Falls are a serious concern. Falling can result in bruises, sprains, or more serious injuries like broken bones or concussions.
Melting snow can freeze overnight, forming a thin layer of ice that is hard to see. The ground can then become very slippery in the morning when the ice starts to melt. No matter how well the snow is removed from parking lots or sidewalks, there will still be places that are slippery.
What you wear on your feet can make a difference whether you fall or not. Boots or shoes that are well fitting and have a good grip are the best choice. Special items like shoe grips or ice cleats can give you extra traction when you are walking on snowy or icy surfaces. You can buy these items from many different places like department or sporting good stores. Remove these grips or cleats when walking inside because they can make you slip on indoor flooring.
Current as of: November 18, 2016
Author: Fall Risk Management Program, Alberta Health Services
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