Slipping, Sliding, Falling–Ice Can Be Dangerous to Your Health!

After a snowfall, does ice seem to linger for weeks on the streets of your town?  We don’t use salt on our streets or store shopping lots, which might help reduce rust on the underside of our cars, but does not do so well protecting our townspeople from slipping on ice patches.  Jeff Foxworthy made a joke about my state.  He quipped:  “Wyoming, where you walk like a duck five months of the year!”  He seemed to understand that much of my state’s climate is high desert, which means that the temperatures in winter can be sunny and even sometimes well above thirty-two degrees, but at night can drop below zero.  Of course that means when it snows, first it melts then it can freeze into ice ponds all in the same day!  It then sticks around–for a long time.

Being nurses or others in the health care professions, most of us can understand how older women especially view ice as dangerous, because of post-menopausal oste0porosis.  I have an only semi-funny joke that when younger women fall they might get a bruise, but when mature ones do we often break a bone!

How Mature Women Can Avoid Falls/Ice Patch Injuries:

1.  Check the soles of your shoes/boots.  Good ridges and flats are the safest footware,  (even if they aren’t the most stylish).

2.  Take your time when you walk.  I use caution with every step.  (I guess I might just look like a duck!).

3.  Especially after dark look out for “black ice” patches.  I carry a smal flashlight with me in order to see better in not-well lighted parking lots.

4.  If you have a hip/leg problem, try a cane with a retractable spiked tip to more safely traverse icy pavement.

5.  If your  gait is somewhat unsteady and you have a strong, supportive significant other, holding onto his bent elbow not only appears romantic, but can also help you avoid a fall if you slip abit.

We know falls at this time of the year are more common, but are pretty much avoidable.  Remembering to take a little more time, wear safe footwear, be aware of pavement conditions and lean on something (or someone) if needed, can help women stay safe and free from injury.

Being Prepared and staying aware of icy conditions can help you stay safe from winter falls!

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