How to Walk on Ice
Walking on ice can be hard sometimes. You are not sure if the next second you are down on your tush or still up on your feet.
Falling or slipping is no joke as it exposes the body to too much danger for example breaking or twisting of bones.
Research suggests that ice accidents are second to road accident in America.
The good news is that all this is avoidable. The only thing required is taking into account the simple ideas we are going to share with you. Let us begin;
Have the Right Pair On
The most important thing is getting the best shoes for walking on snow or ice. Consider the material used to make the pair.
The best option would be a shoe with rubber sole. What you should do next after having the right pair, is watching out your walking angles.
The greater the walking angle the lesser your chances of falling. To tell the truth, 80 percent of winter boot will not help prevent you from falling.
When Everything else Fails, Try Waddling
Try walking like a penguin. Penguins shuffle, that way they are able to keep their weights straight down. This allows their feet to carry their weight thus minimizing fall.
Take Small Steps
Taking small steps basically means reducing the back and forward force. While taking short steps the force applied to the ground is reduced. With this tip anyone can have his or her gaits work with available friction.
Stand Up Straight
While walking on ice, a good posture is essential. Every time you make moves ensure that your back is in line with your legs.
Following this gives your body good balance as you walk. In addition to this, as you walk, put the hands on your sides.
Last but not least, swaying your arm too much will kill the rhythm thus loosing balance.
Hold onto Something
Finding extra support will help a lot. Poles (trekking) can help you have much support because they will pierce and grip the ice thus helping you maintain your balance.
If you do not have the trek pole on budget, then look out for a cane and sharpen one of its edge. If none of the mentioned works out for you then try hanging on nearby walls, railings or ledges.
Keep an Ice on Changing Surface
No need to fret once you see sudden ice changes. The truth is, you will be caught off guard and thrown down without you realizing it but be sure, you will adapt and adapt to the change. We are humans so automatically our strides pattern will change.
Watch out for Black Ice
Black ice is simply a layer of clear thick ice blended with the ground. It is the major cause of most snow injuries since it is super slippery.
Test the ground you are about to step on every time you make steps; do not step on ice with your full weight.
To add, totally avoid parking lots during winter because ice camouflages at such a point.
Ignore Your Phone
You are a human and so there is no way you can have divided attention. It is either you have your attention on the phone or on icy ground.
Mixing both may lead to slipping and obviously falling. If you are a music lover or one that receive massive calls then a wireless ear or headphone might do you justice.
Although this will still split a bit of your attention, it is still the only best alternative we can provide you are the moment.
Do Not Carry Anything in your Hands
Carrying loads will alter with your balance. Imagine, you have both of your hands filled with bags and suddenly you slip.
The worst will happen; you may hurt yourself more than you would have when you had no bags on your hands (this is because, when falling you the hands would help you land on the ground safely thus minimizing injuries).
Arm Yourself with Protection
Wear Sticky Shoes
Look for a shoe that is wide heeled. The heels should be low to the ground. Also make sure the pair is made of either neoprene or rubber.
We do not encourage leather and plastic pairs since they do not provide the needed traction to keep you standing or walking on ice for long.
You can also include ice cleats under the boots. Ice cleats can be bought from online stores. Lastly, ensure that you often remove sticking ice and snow from the boot.
Put on heavy coats. This will reduce the impact between you and the icy ground when you fall
You can also include pads to minimize injuries. Pads can be acquired from stores.
Light bouncing off the snow as a result of sun's reflection may cause eye problems. Therefore whenever you are out walking on snow make sure you have you glasses in.
Take some sand with you. Sprinkle the sand on spots that you think are slippery; it is as simple as that
Move Slowly and Steadily
Cutting on forward and backward forces is important when walking on ice. The most important thing is ensuring that the force exerted to the ground is vertical.
Avoid Melting Ice
Slippery ices differ in temperature, it would therefore be best to note the temperatures. That way you can easily figure out whether moving on a certain ice section is challenging or easy. Ice that read temperatures of between 0°F and -20°F are easy to walk on.
When winter comes, it comes in with a pack of dangers. A lot of people do not seem to care how they calculate their moves on ice; which is not right. It is again takes time to walk like a penguin. It won’t hurt matter of fact you will be the on the safe side. Cheers and thanks for your time!