With Mother Nature mixing things up in the winter, it makes it treacherous for walking in our area. Snow mixed with ice pellets make the sidewalks and driveways icy. Just a light dusting of snow on an icy sidewalk can create a very painful situation. 

There are preventative methods that a person may use to prevent slip and fall accidents on ice. "The first thing even before you leave home, have good footwear, " remarked Dr. Lawrence Olfert from Drumheller Associated Physicians. "If you have some footwear which is designed for winter wear, that'll prevent some of it. The other thing is you shorten your stride so you're not taking as long of stride so there's less chance of slipping."

Dr. Olfert suggests that if you do happen to fall, "while you're lying down there (on the ground), check all the limbs. Do they all move? Can I move them all without hurting too much?" If it does hurt, a call to 911 may not be a bad idea, according to Dr. Olfert.

Dr. Olfert also recommends to help prevent others from slipping on your sidewalk, clear off your sidewalk. Another recommendation is to determine if you really need to go outside at all when conditions are icy.

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