Caution! Icy Conditions!

Caution! Icy Conditions!

Most of us have had the unpleasant experience of slipping or falling on our bums while attempting to cross icy parking lots, sidewalks and even on our own driveways. If you’re one of the few that feels left out, just tune in to America’s Funniest Video aired on Sunday nights. It’s pretty funny to watch but not so much if you’re the fall victim. Each year, falls caused by ice account for some very serious injuries including internal injury, broken bones and head injuries.

We all know, walking over ice in cold temperatures can be a challenge. Approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy. Dew or water vapor can also freeze on cold surfaces, forming an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can look like a wet spot on the pavement.

If you know that walking on ice is likely, make sure you have the proper shoes that will support you and help you prevent injury. If you are searching for the best shoes for walking on ice, consider the bottom of the shoe first. For walking on ice, you want a shoe with large treads or raised patterns to help your feet keep their grip on the ground. The best shoes have completely waterproof rubber soles that will prevent you from slipping and help you keep your balance. Inside the shoe, look for good insulation: the best shoes for walking on ice will have linings made of Thinsulate or other materials created to keep warmth locked in. Finally, make sure the shoe has stability features, like a well-cushioned heel cup and insole, to help support your body weight.

Then, when no one is looking, walk like a penguin to avoid a painful splat on the ice. Yes, I said penguin, the waddle keeps your center of gravity over your front leg and will help keep you upright.

So please be safe and Happy Waddling…….