We’ve had some crazy winter weather lately causing me to think about three nifty winter walking safety considerations. We had rain, ice, snow, freezing temperatures all mixed together. Clearing the walkway was pretty much impossible. This mess lasted for nearly a week. The emergency departments were overloaded with broken bones and other casualties from the storm. All this is particularly concerning for us RA (rheumatoid arthritis) sufferers. We have enough issues with our joints. We don’t need any broken bones!
Once the storm rolled through, a winter wonderland was left behind. It looked so inviting to get out and walk and be a part of the beautiful nature. That was until I looked at the walkways. I had to strategize my walk so I would decrease any chance of a fall. That is where my three nifty winter walking safety considerations came to life!
First Nifty Winter Walking Safety Consideration: Your Gear
I pulled out my boots that have a lot of traction and allow my entire foot to be flat on the ground. I put brightly colored clothing on so I could be easily spotted. I never listen to music or talk on my phone while walking. I need to be aware of what is going on around me such as approaching traffic. I make sure I wear clothing that help me see others and allow others to see me. I like my ear muffs and hats that allow me to move my head around with ease. I also wear polarized sunglasses during the day and reflective clothing at night. Carrying a small bag of sand or non-clumping cat litter is helpful if you cannot avoid a patch of walk you think might be icy. This is the first winter walking safety consideration.
Second Nifty Winter Walking Safety Consideration: The Surfaces You Walk On
This is when you want to avoid short cuts! Snow and Ice removal are often impossible. I stayed on cleared walkways and pavements. I looked up and around knowing any surface that looked wet could actually be black ice. When getting out of my car, I held onto my car door and the back of my seat to help stabilize me until I had both feet flat on the ground. I slowly entered buildings knowing melted ice or snow could cause the surface of the floor to be slippery. I would step on a rug if available. Just use caution! This is the second winter walking safety consideration.
Third Nifty Winter Walking Safety Consideration: How You Are Walking
I slowed down when I was walking and I gave myself plenty of time. I took small steps and sometimes shuffled my feet if I was not sure how firm my plant was on the ground. I also didn’t carry large items. When I went to the grocery store I used the shopping cart to carry my groceries to my car. I used handrails when they were available and made sure I was secure on each step when going up or down stairs. This is the third winter walking safety consideration.
These are 3 winter walking safety considerations I have used this winter. I’d like to hear of all safety tips you have! We do want to gain and use wisdom in our day-to-day living. That is using Arthritis Wisdom!