Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Stay on Your Feet this Winter

I appreciate the guest post, Vito Rivers

Slipping on ice-covered steps or taking a tumble from your porch and ending up in the hospital is probably near the bottom of most folks' winter to-do list. Personal safety risks are usually overlooked with a fair amount of over-confidence until the worst possible scenario plays out. It doesn't take but a moment for you to be setting the alarm from Total Alarm Systems and walking out the front door and then landing in the emergency room. There are a few things you can do to ensure that you and your family are safe when Old Man Winter comes calling. The first is to keep the snow from piling up on your walk-ways. Snow quickly becomes deceptively slippery once it begins to melt and then freezes overnight. The second thing you can do to stay on your feet this winter is to melt ice that develops on your porch or sidewalk with salt designed for the purpose. The third thing is to wear proper footwear. Nonslip boots do a lot to help you stay upright. The last thing you can do to help ensure safe winter pedestrian travel is to walk smart, not fast. Take several small steps instead of large strides. Stay on the least iced-over surfaces you see. A little extra effort is all it takes to stay on your feet.

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