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Wintry weather serves as reminder to be careful when walking

Parts of the country this winter have experienced some bouts of extreme weather. In places like Pittsburgh where the weather can be snowy and below freezing for extended periods of time, the possibility of a slip-and-fall accident is increased -- particularly when snow and ice melts and then re-freezes.

In some cases, property owners who are negligent with clearing away covered sidewalks and making sure ice is removed can be sued by people who take a spill and injure themselves. Of course, the best way to avoid injury is to take extra care when going out in snowy and icy conditions. It may take a few extra minutes of preparation and care, but the benefits of avoiding an accident as a result of someone else's negligence is worth it.

For people who are worried about taking a spill, there are some common-sense steps that can be taken to stay upright:

  • Pay attention to where you're walking. This might seem obvious, but sometimes black ice can be impossible to see until it's already too late.
  • Take small steps. It may look slightly odd, but if you imitate a penguin's walk to some extent -- taking small, shuffling steps -- you can improve your chances of staying upright. After all, for as amusing as appear, penguins don't often sprain their ankles.
  • Wear good shoes. If your shoes don't have soles that can grip surfaces, you may want to get some slip-on devices to help you walk outside. And don't forget to clear snow off your shoes or boots once you get inside -- you can inadvertently track moisture inside, bringing the slippery conditions in with you.

Source: KMSP-TV, "Ice injuries: Guess how many people took a spill today?" Jan. 29, 2013

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