Taken a tumble ice skating?
Slips and falls in icy conditions are a common problem. But there are things that you can do to reduce the risk of getting hurt. Follow the guidelines below if you do have to go out in icy conditions.
Tips for avoiding slips and falls
If you have to go out in icy conditions, you should:
Think about the best route to your destination and plan on taking a little extra time to get there
Avoid rushing or taking shortcuts over areas where snow or ice removal is incomplete
Select appropriate footwear - flat footwear with rubber soles provides better traction on ice and snow than leather-soled or high-heeled shoes
Use handrails where you can
Take small steps to keep your centre of balance under you
Avoid carrying lots of heavy shopping bags, especially on steps
Walk slowly and never run on icy ground
Keep both hands free for balance, rather than in your pockets
Always be aware of your surroundings - some places will remain icy for longer than others for example places that do not get the sun
Be particularly careful getting into and out of vehicles - and hold on to the vehicle for support
Keep paths clear of debris, water, ice and snow
Be sure to use floor mats when entering a building to remove moisture from the soles of your shoes - this will help protect you, as well as others who follow, from having to walk on wet or slippery surfaces
Although many result in mild bumps, cuts, and bruises, some can cause serious injuries that need immediate medical attention.
First Aid tips for Fall Injuries
Calling 999 immediately, if:
There is heavy bleeding from the injury site; or, bleeding from the nose, ears, or mouth
A head, neck, back, or hip injury is suspected
The affected individual has difficulty breathing
The individual is unable to move or is unconscious
A trip to A&E may be needed if there are suspected broken bones or deep cuts that need further treatment.
For minor fall injuries, the following may be considered:
Clean visible wounds with water
Apply an ice pack to injury site to reduce swelling and pain; do not apply ice directly to the skin, but wrap it in a cloth or towel
In case no injury is evident, ask them to rest (stay seated or lie down) for a while before slowly helping them stand up
In such cases, when elderly adults are affected, it is important to monitor them for the next 1-2 days to ensure that there are no other symptoms
Take an over-the-counter painkiller if there is any pain
*This information was sourced from NHS Choices*