Winter weather in New York can bring with it a variety of hazards that can quickly become dangerous, especially if you are unprepared for the elements. Even though snow is beautiful, it can also create treacherous conditions that you must carefully navigate in order to stay safe and healthy. At Belovin Franzblau & Associates, P.C., we are committed to helping people deal with the aftermath of winter accidents.
Whether you are walking in front of your home while you are shoveling snow or are walking across the icy parking lot at work, refreshing your memory with some important safety practices is valuable in protecting your well-being. At the start of each winter season, look at the shoes that you have and if you need to replace your boots, do so before the first winter storm hits. A sturdy pair of waterproof shoes with good tread are an invaluable part of your winter wardrobe. If you have to walk to school or work each day, it is not a bad idea to wear your designated winter shoes and replace them with your dress or street shoes once you arrive at your destination.
According to the Snow & Ice Management Association, in areas that are accessible to hand railings, take advantage and stabilize yourself by holding onto the railing. Take your time stepping off of curbs and going up and down stairs. When walking on ice, walk slowly and be cautious about where you place your feet. Avoid making your own paths and try to stay on paved pathways that have been shoveled if possible.
When you are aware of what can be done to stay safe when walking in the ice and snow, you can avoid an injury from slipping and falling. For more information, if you have been injured, visit our web page.