Top 10 Tips for Walking on Ice
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
January 1, 2012
Filed Under Holidays
Contributed by Jennifer Andrews, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Winter walking can be dangerous if you are not aware of your surroundings and the surfaces you are walking on.
In particular, walking on ice decreases your balance, coordination and stability. Decrease the risk of falling and injuring yourself by planning ahead and putting safety first. Follow these top 10 tips for walking on ice below to keep you healthy and upright this season.
Walking on ice requires you to be fitted with the proper footwear. Don a pair of boots that are comfortable, sturdy and solid such as UGGS boots.
9. Slow and steady
Just like the famous Tortoise and the Hare tale, slow and steady also wins the race when walking on ice – and arrives safely!
8. Walking Poles
A set of walking poles can give you extra support when walking on slippery surfaces. Dig pole tips into the surface of the ice for a solid grip.
If you are walking across ice frequently, in the cold, or while teaching your kids to ice-skate, it’s essential you dress warmly. In addition to layering with jackets, mitts and a hat, don a pair of warm boots to keep your tootsies toasty!
6. Safety signs
Check for safety signs prior to walking on icy surfaces. Never cross any surface that has been blocked off or designated as dangerous.
5. Perimeter walking
When possible, walk around the perimeter of an icy surface instead of directly into its center. The closer you are to land or solid surfaces increases safety and the probability of having something to hold onto if you should slip.
4. Stay calm
Many people start to panic walking across slippery surfaces which may increase jitteriness and decrease balance. Stay calm and breathe in and out calmly as you slowly make your way across an icy surface.
3. Airplane arms
Although you don’t have to be quite as dramatic as an airplane, extending your arms out by your sides can help to increase your sense of balance while navigating icy spots.
2. Light load
Avoid carrying a large number of items in your arms that can disrupt your vision and decrease your balance. Similarly, a heavy backpack can also throw off your center of gravity increasing the risk of falling.
1. Stay bright
Wear a bright piece of clothing such as a scarf or something that will make you visible to other walking traffic or vehicles nearby.