Health Watch -- Safe and Warm: Don't Slip

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about staying safe and warm in wintertime. Although it’s nice to stay indoors and warm when it’s cold outside, sometimes you do have to venture outdoors, and that’s when you need to take care if there’s ice and snow on the ground.

Dr. Kurt Kleinschmidt, an emergency medicine specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says falls from slips on icy sidewalks can cause serious injuries. To protect yourself, your family and your visitors, you should try to keep sidewalks and outdoor steps free of ice and snow. If you have to go up or down stairs outdoors when there’s ice around, use the handrail. When sidewalks are icy, you may be able to avoid slipping by walking in the grass. Taking your time and paying attention to where you’re going can help you avoid injuries.

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January 2006

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