Cold Weather - Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

In severe wintery weather our risk of falling increases. Icy pavements can be extremely slippery. 

Below is some information from the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents on how to reduce your risk of falling.

During times when pavements and footpaths are covered in snow/ice:

  • Wear sturdy footwear, with a good grip - you can always change into other footwear when you have reached your destination
  • If you've got Nordic walking poles (or similar), use them
  • Take it slowly and allow yourself extra time to get from A to B, so you don't find yourself having to make a last minute dash to get to the bus etc.
  • Keep an eye on what is underfoot. Some places will remain icy for longer than others (e.g. places that do not get the sun)
  • If you have neighbours who are elderly/disabled/new mums etc. offer to pop to the shops for them
  • Put grit or cat litter on pathways (NHS Choices). If councils have provided grit bins so people can treat public areas not included on the usual gritter route, use them - but don't remove vast quantities for your own personal use.

General advice:

  • Use handrails where they are provided
  • If you use walking aids, replace the rubber tips before they become worn out.