It has been a crazy winter this year and with last nights freezing rain many people woke up to shear ice. As they stepped outside their doors to walk to work it was a quick turn around to get their traction devices on their feet. And though we Canadians like to brag we can handle any weather thrown at us, it seems there's one thing that can thwart even the hardiest of souls: ice.
Thanks to fluctuating temperatures and excretions from the sky, ice is all over the streets and sidewalks, often in places where people can't even see it. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, in 2011-12, more than 7,000 people went to the hospital after falling on ice — and that was during a relatively mild winter.
Injuries from falling on ice can include anything from back pain to concussions, and are particularly serious for those over 50, whose bones are often more brittle and susceptible to breakage. We've amassed some tips from the wisdom of the Internet to give you a hand in getting through this ice safely. Have some solutions of your own? We'd love to hear them.
This graphic, posted on Reddit with the words, "Avoid slipping on ice by walking like a penguin!" speaks volumes. It was created by artist Curtis Whaley from Tablet Infographics:
Best Foot Forward
Wear the right shoes, which means shoes with large treads or raised patterns. If you want to be extra cautious, consider getting some traction devices, like Yaktrax or other similar products. They just slip right over your boots or shoes and provide more traction and less slippage.
Give A Pinch
And if you're really, really worried, there's always the option of carrying your own salt with you. Salt melts ice by lowering the freezing point of water, according to Chemistry.com, and so though it may weigh you down, you can pull an Arctic Hansel and Gretel to get through the ice.