Don’t Slip: Walking in Icy Conditions

Don’t Slip: Walking in Icy Conditions

January brought record temperatures, along with plenty of snow and ice around the Rockford and northern Illinois area. No matter how long you have lived here, some winters feel especially hard and trying. Winter is far from over, as it is common for us to experience ice and snow well into late March or even early April. How comfortable are you walking on icy surfaces and keeping yourself safe as you run your errands or take a walk around the block? Here are a few tips that will help keep you from slipping or hurting yourself.

Be Alert

Ice can form on sidewalks quickly and sometimes unexpectedly. During the winter months, keep your eyes peeled for any signs of ice. Even when the air temperature is warmer than 32 degrees, freezing ground temperatures can cause drizzle or rain to turn to ice immediately when it hits the ground. You are more likely to slip on ice that you aren’t expecting, so keep yourself safe by always being alert.

Be Cautious

Walking on icy conditions should be a slow-moving affair. You are more likely to slip if you are in a rush, so be sure to take it slow when trekking through parking lots, sidewalks, or other surfaces. If you anticipate being on a longer walk, perhaps taking your child to school or walking your dog, consider using traction assistance on your shoes. You can get traction devices that easily slip on and off your boots, assuring you can move easier on icy walkways.

Look for Salted Areas

Finally, when you have the option to walk on a salted area, choose it. While salt cannot guarantee a slip-free surface, it is typically much safer than a non-salted or maintained walkway.

If you do slip when out and about, take your injuries seriously. Often, our embarrassment from a slip can make us get up and moving again quickly without carefully assessing how we feel. A slip on ice can cause a litany of problems including bruising, sprains, whiplash, and even head trauma. You may not feel the extent of your injuries until the next day, so schedule a doctor appointment if you are sore, especially bruised, or hurt. You should also seek medical attention if you hit your head during your fall.

If you slipped and fell on a walkway or path, you could be entitled to assistance with your medical bills. Give the team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates a call to talk more about your situation and options. We want to be sure you are healthy and have the compensation you deserve.

Staying Safe on Icy Surfaces

Staying Safe on Icy Surfaces

Perhaps you have already noticed it this season – slick surfaces. Whether you are out walking the dog in the morning and catch a glimpse of an icy spot on the sidewalk, or if you notice an icy patch under a leaking gutter at your workplace, ice is a serious danger for midwesterners this time of year. Thousands of injuries occur each winter thanks to slips and falls due to icy surfaces. Keep yourself safe this winter season by following a few of these tips.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled
Ice can be especially dangerous as it can be difficult to see. This winter, train your eyes to look for official warning signs that draw attention to slick spots. You can also look for hidden slick spots by looking for glistening spots on sidewalks or driveways, steering clear of essentially anything that appears to be “wet”.

Use Railings
Stairs leading into businesses or homes can be especially dangerous. Ice can accumulate on stairs and make walking up or down them treacherous. To keep from slipping, always use railings when navigating stairs, even if they don’t seem slick.

Choose the Salted Path
When possible, walk on sidewalks or walkways that are treated with de-icing materials like salt. While you should still remain vigilant and step carefully on all surfaces, a salted surface is a safer option than an untreated surface.

Tell Someone
If you are entering someone’s home or a business and encounter dangerous conditions, tell someone. Ice can accumulate quickly, and business or homeowners may be unaware their paths are unsafe.

Seek Help if You Are Injured
Slips and falls can happen even if you are diligent. Icy surfaces are dangerous! If you slip on an icy surface, get the help you need, even if you feel more embarrassed than injured. Like many unexpected injuries, slipping on ice can cause pain and damage you may not feel immediately. However, if you seek medical attention right away, you can receive the treatments you need to feel your best in the days to come.

If you slip on the ice this season, remember to call the team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates. We have decades of experience advocating for injured clients, and getting them the compensation they deserve. We would be honored to work with you as well.

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