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Pedestrians must be extra careful during the winter months

The snowy and icy season is here, which means that it is time for people who walk around to be very careful. Pedestrians face some very specific and unique risks that aren’t present during other times of the year.

One risk that anyone walking needs to remember is that they might slip and fall. In some cases, this could be deadly. Think about the devastating course of events that would occur if you fell right into the path of an oncoming car. You might suffer catastrophic injuries that could claim your life.

When you are getting ready to head out in the winter weather, make sure that you have on clothing and shoes that fit. Wearing clothes or boots that are too large or baggy can make it difficult for you to walk properly. Your shoes need to have enough grip on the soles to provide traction. If necessary, use a cane or walker to help you get around but make sure it has a tip that can keep the assistive tool steady.

As you walk around outside, try to stay where ice or snow is minimal. Beware of changes in the surface, such as moving from dry pavement to icy pavement. You might find that you stumble as you walk if the pavement’s surface changes.

If something happens and you are struck by a vehicle, seek medical care. You never know what type of injury you have that could be life-threatening. The hard frame of vehicles, their size, their weight and the speeds they travel could have devastating impacts on people who are struck.

Source: Daily Health Wire, “8 Winter Weather Fall Prevention Tips,” Stephanie Lambers, M.ED, OTR/L, accessed Dec. 29, 2017

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