Hospitals Urge Extra Precautions While Walking in Icy Conditions
The recent snowfall combined with the burst of cold weather has local hospitals reminding people to take extra precautions when they walk outside.
Officials from Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis say icy conditions have contributed to busy emergency rooms. Since Nov. 1, 2019, the hospital has admitted about 40 patients for slip and fall injuries on the ice.
But hospital staff members say winter walking doesn’t have to be treacherous.
Experts urge people to take the following precautions in icy conditions:
- Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches
- Take slower, smaller steps when walking on snow or ice.
- Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
- Carry a cell phone.
- Watch for potholes or cracks in the pavement that could be hidden by snow.
- It gets dark so early in the winter. Wear bright or reflective clothing if going for a walk.
- Always cross roads at marked intersections. In the winter this is especially important because vehicles need more warning to stop and it may be difficult to see pedestrians around snowbanks or in darkness.
- If you feel unsteady, remember to ask for help.
- Wipe up melted snow or other puddles inside your home to avoid a slippery floor.