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Emergency Workers: Falls A Serious Concern

9:07 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Roads become obviously treacherous when wintry weather blankets the Triad. But emergency workers say falls are also a serious concern, and the second most-common emergency call they receive during snow and ice events.

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To stay out of trouble when things are slick, physical therapist Kristen Soth, of the Cone Health Outpatient Neurorehab Center, says the number one way to keep from falling is to stay inside.

If you have to let your dog out, Soth says be careful if they're on a leash. Just one jerk or pull could throw you off balance.

If you choose to go outside, wear shoes with good traction on them.

Instead of taking normal steps, Soth says you should shuffle and try to keep your feet in contact with the ground all the time.

Soth also advises you keep your hands free, so if you fall, you can try to catch yourself. Make sure you have your cell phone with you or that someone knows you're going for a walk. If you do fall, you can get help.

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Sand, kitty litter, sawdust, fertilizer and even ash from your fireplace could offer you some extra grip on a slick surface if you don't have rock salt. Keep in mind, those items won't melt the snow.

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