Winter Fall Prevention - Genesis Health System

Published on December 20, 2013

Keep Your Feet Under You With These Tips

Winter weather can create hazardous walking conditions at work or around your home.  Here are tips to keep your footing from the Genesis Fall Prevention Program:

  • Wear footwear that fits properly.
  • Use the closures of footwear to get a secure fit.
  • Wear footwear that supplies traction.  Rubber remains grippy in colder temperatures, while polyurethane gets harder and more slippery on ice in colder temperatures.
  • Use commercial products to melt ice and increase grip on driveways, walks and stairs.
  • Use ice “creepers’’ or studded boots if available. One alternative is golf shoes.
  • Use handrails when available.
  • Take small steps to maintain better balance.
  • The addition of commercial grit paint to concrete stairs can help you get better traction on those surfaces.
  • When needed, use aids such as canes, walking sticks, or walkers.
  • When you leave the house, make sure someone knows you have left and give them an estimated time of when you will return.
  • Take a whistle or noise device when you leave the house to call for help if you have fallen and are injured. Carry your car keys and activate "panic" alarm if you fall and are injured.
  • Check on older neighbors and family members frequently.


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