It’s no surprise that along with the ice, rain, and snow comes an increase in injuries. Some of the most common winter injuries occur from slip and fall incidents on icy and wet surfaces and from participation in winter sports.
SLIP AND FALL INCIDENTS
One of the most challenging things about ice is that oftentimes, you can’t see it. Sometimes it may look like a pool of water, and at other times, it may just be too dark to spot – especially with the shorter winter days. To help reduce your risk of injury from a slip and fall incident, consider the following suggestions:
- Take your time wherever you are going. Hurrying only increases your chances of injury.
- Wear footwear designed for icy and snowy conditions.
- Coat your walkways with sand or salt.
- Always use handrails when using stairs.
While winter sports such as sledding, skiing, ice-skating, etc. are a great way to enjoy the cold weather, they can also be very dangerous. Whatever the activity, it is important that you take appropriate steps to decrease the chance of injury. Here are some tips to consider to help keep you safe:
- Always wear appropriate protective gear, layered clothing, and supportive footwear.
- Warm-up thoroughly. Cold muscles, tendons, and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.
- Avoid participating when in pain or exhausted. Fatigue often leads to serious injury.
- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activities.
If you or someone you know has been injured, contact us at Regan Zambri Long PLLC today for a no-cost consultation.