November is Fall Prevention Month, which aims to provide communities in Canada with resources to reduce falls and fall-related injuries. As the weather gets colder and walking conditions worsen, prevention is the priority.
Here are the 5 Ways to Reduce Fall-Related Injuries This Winter:
1. Wear proper gear
When it comes to winter boots, plan your purchase. Look for non-slip boots that can handle our icy Canadian winters. If you plan to keep last year’s pair, take a look at the soles. If they look overly worn, it might not be worth the additional risk. Simple strategies like double-checking your laces, avoiding high-heels and ensuring sure your shoes fit securely will equip you all the better.
2. Don’t risk it
Who doesn’t want to go walking in a winter wonderland? While it might sound magical, it may be in your best interest to enjoy the snow from the comfort of your couch. Canadians walk and cycle to work, walk their dogs daily and, in general, get around on foot, putting them at a higher risk for falls. During extremely slick and icy conditions, it may be best to put your safety first and avoid the potential injury.
3. Lend a hand
This one is no stranger to Canadians. Buddy-up this winter and help your friends and loved ones get where they need to go – especially those who have trouble with their balance and coordination.
4. Leave extra time
Despite if you are walking, driving, cycling or taking public transit to work, give yourself buffer time. If you’re rushing to your car or bus stop, you may be paying less attention to the weather conditions, resulting in you missing that patch of black ice.
5. Notify your local Public Works Department
If you feel unsafe getting around your community due to the roads or sidewalks not getting the attention they need, reach out to your local Public Works Department. Keep in mind, these individuals work hard to make our communities as safe as possible, but sometimes can’t keep up with the snowfall or dropping temperatures. In this case, use your judgement and make the safety of yourself and your family the priority.
Learn More and Stay in Touch with PoNS™
Per year, 20-30 percent of seniors will experience at least one fall. In order to reduce falls country-wide, let’s work together and keep safety top of mind. To access more resources please visit https://www.fallpreventionmonth.ca.
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