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How to Walk Safely on Icy Surfaces

With winter weather in full effect, there’s likely to come a time when you find yourself navigating icy and/or snowy surfaces (such as your driveway or a sidewalk).

Every year, thousands of people are injured in slip and fall accidents related to inclement weather. If you want to avoid becoming part of this statistic, here are some things you should do:

• Wear the right shoes: Not only should your shoes give you stability and comfort, but they must have enough tread to help you out.

• Use your hands and arms to balance: For example, when you walk with your hands in your pockets, you lose your ability to balance yourself should you begin to fall to the ground.

• Take shorter steps: Rather than take your usual stride, shorter steps (you can even shuffle if you want) make it easier to maintain your footing.

A slip and fall can result in various injuries, ranging from muscle strains to broken bones to a concussion.

By following these tips, you’ll find it easier to walk safely on icy surfaces this winter.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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