Winter Watch: Top Tips to Avoid Winter Slips
Falls are the most common cause of injury. Every day, nearly 1,800 Canadians visit emergency rooms due to a fall.
Hands full with heavy loads that compromise your balance, icy walkways, dark entries when arriving home. Do falls occur more in the winter months? With the dark mornings and evenings of wintertime Canada, it would certainly seem so. More importantly, how do you prevent yourself from taking a tumble? A well-lit home and entry, thanks to smart lighting, can be the first line of defense. With smart lights, you have total lighting control. You can set up schedules for entry lights to come on at a certain time, or even override the schedule and turn them on from your smartphone if you happen to arrive home sooner than planned. This way, you are never fumbling in the dark or unaware of your footing in front of your home.
A smart home is a safer home
Having a smart home could make the difference between safety or having a wintertime slip and fall. In addition to smart lights, remote locks can be useful as well. They allow you to set up a simple automation from the app so that, as you approach your home, you can unlock the door and have outdoor lights turn on as well. If you happen to have an attached garage, an interactive garage door opener will let you open your garage door and be safely inside without your feet touching ice or snow.
Risks of falls… a consideration for all ages
Seniors are at higher risk of falling and tend to have more serious injuries as a result. However falls are not limited to older people. Everyone from young children to middle-aged adults are at risk for falls, both inside and outside your home, but particularly on stairs. To avoid falls inside your home:
• Keep all stairways clear
Remove clutter and ensure stairs are well-lit and equipped with stable handrails.
• Wear the right footwear
Those warm, fuzzy winter slippers may not have the proper grip and the tendency to walk around with just socks on can be downright dangerous on hardwood floors and stairs. You can stay safer and still maintain a clean home by having indoor-only shoes with proper soles.
• Maintain dry floors
Make sure your mudroom and inside entrance floors are always dry by placing winter mats and boot trays to catch any water and snow from boots.
Shovelling outside your door
The most dangerous steps may be the first ones you take as you head out your door. It’s at that point you are least sure about what kind of footing awaits you. Proceed slowly and carefully as you exit your home. To stay safe when shovelling outside your door:
• Keep a lightweight shovel and an ice-melting product within easy reach outside your door to allow you to safely clear the path from your door to your steps and walkway.
• Test steps, walkways and driveways for potential ice by tapping and then clearing them with your shovel before you walk on them.
• If your steps appear icy, clear a small portion of them first and apply salt or ice-melting product on them, then wait a few minutes until it takes effect before continuing. Rushing is often the cause of winter slips, so if you know it is a snowy morning and you want to clear your entry before work, give yourself ample time. Slow and steady will help keep you safe.
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