With winter upon us, parking lots and sidewalks are sometimes slippery. Because of that, some people are afraid of falling down and getting hurt during these cold winter months. While slip and fall accidents are not always entirely preventable, there are certain precautions you can take to reduce your chances of falling on icy or snowy walkways.
- Wear the right shoes. This does not mean you need to wear snow boots whenever you are outside, but you should buy shoes with good traction, particularly if you are going to be walking outside during the winter a lot. If you do not want to wear the shoes inside the building, change once you get inside.
- Watch other people walking. If you notice others slipping on a certain section of sidewalk, either avoid it or be extra careful in that area.
- Watch for ice. Be careful when walking across an icy surface. Become aware of areas where ice often builds up around your work, home, and other places you visit on a regular basis.
- Park as close to your destination as possible. At home, this could mean parking in your garage or in the driveway as close to the house as possible. While it is not always possible to get a close parking spot at work or at a store, the closer you can park, the less chance you will have of encountering a slippery surface.
- Leave early enough that you will not have to jog or walk quickly to get places on time. If you are in a hurry, you are less likely to pay attention, and you are more likely to fall in an icy parking lot or on a slippery sidewalk.