How to walk safely on ice in winter: 5 useful tips

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How to walk safely on ice in winter
How to walk safely on ice in winter. Source: www.clrm.ca

When moving on icy surfaces in the winter season, it is very important to take precautions. SSPDaily provides basic recommendations on how to walk safely on ice in winter.

Wear the right shoes

Make sure you wear suitable shoes with good grip to avoid slipping. If you feel yourself starting to slip, try to relax and regain your balance.

Take smaller steps

Walk more slowly to maintain your balance. It's also helpful to keep your hands free and not carry anything heavy that could compromise your stability. Take small, deliberate steps and try to maximize the surface area of your feet that is in contact with the ground. Avoid sudden movements or changes in direction. Maintain a slow and steady pace as you put your weight on your feet.

Additional support

Feel free to use handrails or walk on snowy edges for extra support. Remember that it is always better to take your time and get there safely than to rush and risk injury.

Planned route

Plan your route. If possible, avoid steep or icy slopes and choose well-groomed trails. Sprinkle salt or kitty litter on slippery areas to increase traction.

Body position

Keep your center of gravity low, with your knees slightly bent and your feet slightly apart to maintain balance. Look ahead and watch out for areas of black ice, as they are usually particularly treacherous.

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