The IBC’s 10 tips to avoid winter injuries

February 20th, 2015 by admin

This winter has brought heavy amounts of snow to Atlantic Canada. The snow, coupled with freezing and thawing cycles, makes the process of getting around sidewalks, driveways and walkways more hazardous.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) wants to make sure pedestrians and homeowners stay safe with these 10 tips:

  1. Wear sturdy footwear with a good grip. Remember that you can change into other shoes when you reach your destination.
  2. Walk slowly and deliberately, taking small steps. Always give yourself extra time during the winter, so that you don't have to rush and risk injury.
  3. Do not walk with your hands in your pockets. Keeping your hands free strengthens your balance.
  4. Avoid areas with poor lighting. Be aware that black ice can look like wet pavement, so be on the lookout for dangerous patches. 
  5. Use handrails on stairs to prevent slips.
  6. Be especially careful while entering or exiting vehicles.
  7. Keep walkways clear of debris, water, ice and other slippery materials.
  8. Push the snow rather than lift it when shovelling to prevent strain on your body. If you are shoveling, only take as much as you can easily lift, and make sure to bend with your knees, not your back. Those with heart conditions should try to avoid shovelling. 
  9. Try to shovel your driveway and sidewalk immediately after a snowfall, before it gets packed down and harder to lift. This will also ease the burden on your back and arms. 
  10. Salt or place sand on your front steps, as well as driveway and sidewalk.

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