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Slippery surfaces: staying safe and preventing injuries

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2023 | Slip-and-fall Accidents

Have you ever walked on a surface that was so slippery it felt like walking on ice? Each year, slippery surfaces cause many people to fall down and get hurt.

It is important to understand the dangers of slippery surfaces and learn how to stay safe.

Common injuries

If you fall down on a slippery surface, you could experience different types of injuries. Some common injuries include sprained ankles, twisted wrists, scraped knees and even head injuries if you hit your head during the fall. The severity of the injury depends on how you fall and the surface you land on.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 800,000 people require hospitalization on an annual basis due to fall-related injuries.

Preventing accidents

When you know a surface is slippery, take smaller steps and slow down. This can help you maintain better balance and reduce the chances of slipping. Choose shoes with good traction, like sneakers with rubber soles, to help prevent slipping on slippery surfaces. Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for signs indicating a slippery surface. This will help you adjust your walking and be more cautious. If there are handrails available, use them for support, especially when walking on stairs or slopes.

If you do happen to fall down on a slippery surface, try to stay calm and take a moment to assess your injuries. Determine if you have any pain, swelling or difficulty moving. If you suspect a serious injury, seek help or call for medical assistance.