In Spring, seniors can be just as prone to slipping and falling as during the winter months. Read on to find out more about how you can safeguard yourself during these transitional months.
In some parts of the country, spring is already here. But for other states, the remnants of winter are still lingering. Snow and ice in the winter months can lead to a messy spring, with slush and dirty water piling up on sidewalks and roadways. These conditions can actually be just as dangerous as the icy walkways of the winter months. Here are some tips to help you stay safe and prevent falling during the spring months:
- Avoid walking on lawns, grass patches or soft curbsides. These areas absorbs more water than the pavement, making them unstable for walking on. As soon as you place your weight on a wet, grassy surface, more water is likely to emerge from under the surface, making the area slippery. At the very least, your shoes can end up soaked, making it easier for you to trip once you get inside your destination.
- Be cautious when you see slushy or wet surfaces. Broken or melting ice can cover patches of ice that remain slippery. Avoid any puddles or slush piles if at all possible. If you have to walk through a puddle or slush pile, test the bottom surface with a cane or walking aid to see if it is slippery and proceed with caution.
- Minimize walking outside after cooler nights and mornings. Cold overnight temperatures can cause water and melted slush to freeze up again, leaving a brand new ice patch. Just as roadways can become dangerous due to “black ice”, ice patches on your sidewalk can be treacherous. Remember, after a cold night the temperature may rise immediately, but it will take time for any ice patches that re-formed overnight to melt away.