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Woman Falling on IceWhile the Midwest welcomed the 2016 winter season with unseasonably warm weather, conditions quickly reverted to snow, ice storms and below freezing temperatures. Always use caution when walking or driving in snowy, icy and freezing weather. If you suffer an injury, use your health insurance to access medical care.

How To Avoid Slips, Trips And Falls

When going outdoors in cold winter weather, make sure you are dressed properly. The following suggestions can help you avoid slips and falls, or reduce an injury's severity.
  1. Keep your eyes on the path ahead — don't hurry.
  2. When feasible, walk around obvious hazards such as ice, snow banks and wet leaves.
  3. Wear appropriate footwear, such as shoes or boots with heavily textured soles. You can change into more fashionable shoes when you arrive at your destination.
  4. Whenever handrails are provided, use them! A securely anchored handrail can keep you from falling if you slip.
  5. When you arrive at your destination, check the entrance halls and stairs to make sure that they are clear of snow and slush. When these are tracked inside a building, they often cause slips and falls.
  6. Beware of walking surface changes. People who don't pay attention when walking surfaces change — say, from concrete to paving stones — often fall victim to a slip and fall.
  7. Once inside, clean your shoes. Ice and snow caked onto the soles of your shoes can be slippery.
  8. When walking on snow or ice-covered walkways, take small steps and walk slowly.
  9. Watch out for black ice. Sidewalks and streets that appear clear might actually be slick with black ice.
  10. When entering or leaving a car, taxi or bus, be sure to exercise care and use the vehicle as a means of support.

When You Fall

When out and about in treacherous weather, be prepared for a slip or fall. Avoid using your arms to break a fall. When falling backwards, make an effort to tuck your chin in so your head does not hit the ground with full force. If you begin falling backwards, try and sit down; this technique allows you to relax your body. When your body relaxes, an injury is likely to be less severe than if your body is tensed up. Trying to fight a fall can sometimes result in a worse injury than the bump your fall would have otherwise caused.

Your wellness is our priority. Call TCU Insurance Agency at (800) 772-8043 for more information about the health insurance policies we offer.

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