According to rssweather.com, January is the coldest month in Kansas City, which can create what we wish to be sticky situations, but instead very slick ones. We have a few tips and tricks that are tried and true for you to avoid falling in this chilly winter weather.
- Keep your hands free and wear gloves to catch yourself in the event of a fall.
- Stay to the south sides of buildings due to the northern sides staying icey longer.
- Invest in a pair of low, wide-heeled shoes with thick-tread soles made of rubber or neoprene composite because leather and plastic soles provide no traction.
- For better traction, invest in ice grippers that slide on over boots and shoes.
- Get decked out in many layers to not only keep yourself warm, but to have more cushion if you fall.
- When walking on ice, slowly shuffle to prevent falling due to quick movement and changing of your center of gravity.
- Don’t be in a rush when going anywhere, especially stairs, since they are a fall risk without ice too.
- Lastly, fall forward if you slip, try to land on harder to break bones such as shoulders, thighs, and hips, and it might sound silly, but loosen your muscles to prevent injury.