When you were young, a snow day was a cause for celebration. You looked forward to a day with no school that could be spent sledding and playing outside. But, those days are long gone. Now, you must worry about clearing the front porch and avoiding slipping on sidewalks. Recently, our Wausau injury attorneys discuss the danger that slip and fall accidents present to the elderly. Here are some tips to help you avoid wintertime slip and falls.
- Take care of yourself. Eat enough, exercise, drink plenty of water, and take your medications as directed. The better you feel, the less likely you are to fall.
- Check the weather before leaving home. If snow or freezing rain is expected, try to reschedule.
- Wear shoes that fit well and have good traction. If you use a cane, you may want to get a non-slip rubber tip.
- Give yourself plenty of time. Hurrying can increase your chances of falling.
- Take small steps. Use handrails if possible.
- Salt is heavy. If you can’t salt your front porch and steps, try putting down sand or cat litter. That will give you some traction until someone can clear the ice for you.
- Wet shoes can cause indoor slips. Put an absorbent mat inside the door so you can dry your shoes as you come inside.
- Keep your hands free. This will help you to grab support or catch yourself if you fall.
- Don’t carry large loads while walking. If someone is available to help, ask them to carry your bags.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Keep your cell phone with you.
Prevention is the best treatment for Wisconsin slip and fall injuries. These simple safety tips can help make the winter a little safer.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. To learn more, contact the Wausau slip and fall lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.