New England is known for its beautiful but brutal winters, and this year is no exception. All the snow and subsequent ice creates hazards on our roads and sidewalks. Just as drivers must take extra precautions when traveling through wintery conditions, pedestrians must also be cautious whenever walking over areas covered in snow and ice.
Here are a few tips to avoid slips and falls when walking through the snow and ice this winter:
- Slow and steady wins the race: When walking over the ice and snow, take your time. Walk slowly and take small steps. This will help you keep your balance, should you start to slip. It's much easier to prevent yourself from falling if both feet are still under you. The larger your steps, the quicker the slip.
- Get the right gear: Good snow boots are worth the investment. The extra tread on snow boots and other winter footwear is specifically designed to help navigate snow and icy conditions. Once inside, leave snow-covered gear somewhere out of the way to prevent puddles in the house, which could also lead to a slip and fall.
- Use the tools you have: When walking through snow and ice, use handrails and other safety features to help yourself get into and out of buildings. Handrails can greatly reduce your chance of slipping and falling on the ice and snow.
- Take caution getting in and out of a car: Cars handle ice and snow differently than we do. Whenever you travel to a new destination, get in and out of your car slowly and carefully. Walk slowly, especially during the first few steps, until you get a better understanding of the snow and ice on the ground around you.
- Take it easy: If you have to carry a large load from the car, break it up. Overloading your arms with bags and other items to the point that your vision is obstructed greatly increases your risk of a fall. Moreover, if the roads are slick and you have the option to do so, stay home. If travel is unavoidable, allow yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.
Stay safe this winter
Our Massachusetts slip and fall accident attorneys know that taking these few precautions can greatly decrease your risk of an accident. Winter can be rough, but by following the tips listed above, you can help ensure that you stay safe and upright in the ice and snow. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident while walking, contact The Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone. Our team will work to get you the compensation you need.