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6 Tips to Prevent Dangerous Slips and Falls Down Icy Stairs This Winter

Adam Ainsworth
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Winter can be a beautiful time of year, but it also presents hazards, especially the danger of slips and falls down icy stairs. One of the most common areas for slips and falls during the winter season is stairs, particularly those covered in snow and ice.

Avoid slips and falls down icy stairs this winter.

Icy Stairs Lead to Slips and Falls
  1. Wear appropriate footwear: One of the most important things you can do to prevent falls on icy stairs is to wear shoes or boots with good traction on the sole. Look for shoes or boots with a rubber sole, which will provide a better grip on slippery surfaces. Avoid wearing shoes with smooth or slick soles, as they can increase your risk of slipping and falling.
  2. Keep stairs clear of snow and ice: Make sure to keep your stairs clear, by shovelling the steps and using salt or sand to melt the ice. If you live in an area with frequent snow or ice, consider installing stair treads or slip-resistant mats to provide additional traction.
  3. Use handrails: Whenever possible, use handrails when navigating icy stairs. Handrails can provide stability, help you maintain balance, and reduce your risk of a severe fall. Give the handrail a quick shake to make sure it’s sturdy.
  4. Take small, slow steps: Take small, slow steps when walking down icy stairs to maintain balance and reduce your risk of slipping and falling. Avoid taking large strides or rushing down the steps, as this can increase your risk of falling. Always take it one step at a time. Never try to bypass a step that looks icy with a long stride, the next step could be just as slippery, and your balance would be compromised. 
  5. Be mindful of changes in terrain: Be aware of changes in terrain, such as steps or curbs, as these can be especially slippery. Take extra care when navigating these areas, and always keep your eyes on the steps in front of you.
  6. Keep your hands free: If possible, keep your hands free when navigating icy stairs. This will allow you to use them for balance and stability if needed. Avoid carrying items such as large bags or boxes that could cause you to lose balance or trip. Having anything in your hands will compromise your ability to balance and use the handrail. 

Please remember to take it slow, be mindful of your surroundings, and use handrails whenever possible. Taking these precautions allows you to enjoy the winter season safely and avoid the risk of slip and fall injuries.

These tips can help reduce the risk of falling down icy stairs this winter. Please share it with someone you know today.

Adam Ainsworth
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