Walk like a penguin to avoid falls

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Following just a few simple tips can show you how to avoid falls in winter. The tips might also save you significant injury. Emulating a certain cold-weather bird may help, too.

Winter weather makes roads, parking lots and sidewalks dangerous for anyone on foot. Salt, gravel or brine spread on the surfaces should not be taken for granted as a sure-fire remedy. OPPD safety experts recommend the following strategies for those who must walk on surfaces which may be slick due to rain, ice or snow:

  • Wear non-slipping shoes and boots while outside.
  • Use hand rails wherever they’re available.
  • Use the “penguin walk, as demonstrated below, to maintain balance.

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Jodi Baker

About Jodi Baker

Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. She's married with two children (a boy and a girl) and an allergy-ridden little Cairn Terrier.

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