Three Safe Winter Walking Tips from the Snow & Ice Management Association
MILWAUKEE-- Falls account for more than 1M injuries in the U.S. every year. The most common type of fall is the slip and fall--which frequently happens when you try walking when there's snow or ice on the ground. As the Mid-West and Great Lakes brace for snowstorm Kayla, the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA), the North American nonprofit organization representing the snow management professionals, has some tips to prevent a fall.
"The most dangerous part of a snow storm may be the day or days following the snow when sunny skies and higher temperatures during the day melt the snow, and lower temperatures at night refreeze the melted snow, creating a cycle that could continue for days, a hazardous condition for walking." said Martin B. Tirado, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, SIMA.
SIMA has these tips on safe winter walking.
TIP #1: Wear proper footwear. Proper footwear should place the entire foot on the surface of the ground and have visible treads. Avoid a smooth sole and opt for a heavy treaded shoe with a flat bottom.
TIP #2: Watch your balance. Many slip and falls occur in the days after a snowfall because of melting and refreezing conditions that create ice.
TIP #3: Be careful in parking lots. According to an insurance study, parking lots and garages are the #1 area for most falls during a snowstorm. It often takes several days for a parking lot to be cleared entirely. So be sure to stay in areas that are totally clear of snow and ice.
Following these tips will help ensure that you survive the snow and ice season safely.
About the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA)
Founded in 1996, the Snow & Ice Management Association is the North American trade association for snow removal professionals. SIMA members help you get to work, school, the grocery store, the hospital, a sporting event, a shopping mall or even home by clearing snow from commercial parking lots and residential communities.