7 tips to keep you safe from the Canadian Safety
- Keep entranceways and sidewalks clear of ice and snow. Report hazards on sidewalks or pathways to your landlord or the City.
- Contact your local home support agency or other community service organization for help with snow removal, transportation and grocery bus services.
- Carry a small bag of grit, sand or non-clumping cat litter in your jacket pocket or handbag, to sprinkle when you encounter icy sidewalks, steps, bus stops, etc.
- Ask a passer-by to help you cross an icy surface.
- Slow down and think about your next move. Keeping your body as loose as possible, spread your feet to more than a foot apart to provide a base of support. This will help stabilize you as you walk.
- Keep your knees loose - let them bend a bit. This will keep your center of gravity lower to the ground, which further stabilizes your body.
- Now you’re ready to take a step. Make the step small, placing your whole foot down at once. Then shift your weight very slowly to this foot and bring your other foot to meet it the same way. Keep a wide base of support.
- Some people prefer to drag their feet or shuffle them. If this feels better to you, then do so. Just remember to place your whole foot on the ice at once and keep your base of support approximately one foot wide.
Sources: Ottawa Public Health, Niagara Region Public Health
For more safety tips go to https://canadasafetycouncil.org/senior-safety
Winter Walking Checklist
Ice grippers on footwear can help you walk on hard packed snow and ice.
Use a cane, or even a pair of ski poles or walking sticks to help with balance.
If using a cane, look for one with a retractable ice pick to the end.
If you need further support, use a walker. Government programs might defray the cost; talk with your doctor.