How to Prevent Falls During Winter
Winter is here, and that means an increased chance of slips and falls outside of the home. To help you avoid any potential tumbles this winter season, we have some tips and tricks to keep you safe.
Wear the Right Shoes
If you’re heading outside into the snowy and icy world, it’s essential that you wear proper shoes. Even if you’re heading to work and you have to wear dress shoes, bring them to change into once you arrive to work. Boots with good tread or textured soles will help you safely walk through any snow or ice you encounter on the way to your car or into work. It may seem annoying to have to change your shoes, but your safety should come first!
Keep Your Hands Free
We know temperatures can be cold during winter and you may want to put your hands in your pockets to keep warm. However, keeping your hands in your pockets can cause you to feel unbalanced. Plus, if your hands are in your pockets, you can’t hold onto handrails or attempt to catch yourself if you fall! Keep a pair of gloves or mittens with you so you can stay warm and safe!
If you have a wheelchair ramp at home, make sure it’s properly cared for during winter. Aluminum ramps are the easiest to care for as you only need to brush away the snow every so often. Bonus tip: you can scatter cat litter on your ramp for extra traction.
For wooden ramps, make sure to avoid using salt or ice melt, as this can cause damage to the surface of the wood. You should avoid using salt on concrete ramps as well. Always brush the snow off your ramp so it doesn’t pile up.
Prevent Indoor Slips
Although the snow and ice are mainly outdoors during winter, it can be tracked in on your shoes! To avoid any falls inside your home, make sure to place doormats at each door so people can wipe their shoes off as they enter your home. If there is any excess water left behind on your floors, make sure to wipe this up immediately to avoid any slips. You may also want to consider putting a bench near your entrance so people can sit down to take off or put on their shoes.
We Care About Your Safety
At Progressive Mobility & Medical, we want you to stay safe all year, but especially during wintertime when slips and falls are more common. If you have questions about any of our products or want to learn more, give us a call at 724-228-4568 to schedule a consultation with one of our medical equipment experts.