You don’t see penguins slip and fall on the ice, but this time of year many of our clients take nasty falls resulting in bruises, pain, and possibly fractured bones. We want to help you stay healthy, avoid a fall and possible injuries. In order to do that we all need to be like a penguin on the ice and snow. Normally, when we walk our leg’s ability to support our weight is split mid-stride. When you walk this way on the ice the angle creates an environment for slips and falls.
When things get cold and icy, here are some tips to help you stay on your feet:
* Take short, shuffle like steps and walk flat footed with your toes slightly out (do the penguin shuffle)
* Keep your knees soft and slightly bent
* Keep your center of gravity over your front foot
* Keep your arms at your sides and don’t put your hands in your pockets
* Step down, not out from curbs
* Wear footwear that provides traction
* Watch where you are stepping and GO SLOWLY!
* Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; use the vehicle for support and keep both feet on the ground while sitting and standing.
So, this time of year waddle on like a penguin because more than likely the ground is icy.