When the temperature fluctuates between above zero and below zero, it makes things a little dangerous to walk outside.

The sidewalks may become icy and there is a greater opportunity to slip and fall.  

"We advocate taking it slowly and walk like a penguin," advises Adam Loria, EMS spokesman for Alberta Health Services.

"Have a nice rugged shoe with an anti-slip sole, something that keeps your feet warm, and good ankle support so you have some good rugged footwear to give you some traction."

He adds it is important to have your hands free from carrying anything if possible as you will be able to brace yourself if you happen to fall.  It is also key to shuffle your feet across icy patches and concentrate on your balance.  

EMS responds to many different incidents throughout the winter, not just seniors, but also healthy people with slip and fall injuries due to ice.

"Just take it nice and slow and keep your feet to the ground or on as much ground as possible," said Loria.

Conditions for ice will continue thoughout the weekend so ice could be an issue on sidewalks.

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