Even though they can happen during any time of the year, Ottawa statistics show that slip and fall injuries most often occur during the winter. This is no surprise, since wet and icy conditions can leave any surface hazardous for someone trying to go for a walk around town. In order to avoid and injury, pay attention to these steps so that you and your loved ones can stay safe during the colder months in Ottawa.
Make Sure Surfaces Are Properly Salted
During the winter months, the city of Ottawa is always very good about salting roads and sidewalks properly so that citizens can walk safely. Unfortunately, not every single icy surface will be able to be salted properly. Because of this, it’s always important to watch where you’re going. If a person ends up walking on an unsalted street or sidewalk, they could run the risk of suffering from a slip and fall. When forced to walk on an unsalted surface, always take extra care in case there are hidden ice patches. Try to avoid running or jogging on surfaces that might be dangerous. Thousands of people in Ottawa suffer every year from personal injuries due to slip and fall cases during the winter, so it’s important to do what you can to not become another statistic.
Shovel Snow Away as Soon as Possible
Shoveling snow is a chore that no one looks forward to. However, ridding a driveway of snow as soon as possible can be very important when it comes to avoided a slip and fall injury. Soft snow can ice over quickly, and that can make for icy and dangerous conditions. Always rid drive ways, steps and other necessary areas of snow as soon as possible. Not only will it keep things from piling up, but it will keep you and your loved ones a little bit safer.