Safety In The Snow

Safety In The Snow

Friday 26th November 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Snow is in the forecast and because of this we wanted to share with you a quick blog to help ensure that you are safe whilst you are out and about this weekend.

Today is Black Friday and all this weekend, through to Monday, there will be some great deals out and about. With Christmas also on the horizon it is guaranteed that the highstreets will be packed with shoppers, no matter what the weather.

Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, it is reported that 7,128 people in the UK were admitted to hospital for injuries caused by slips and falls which involved ice and snow. This statistic came from NHS England. Out of this 7,128 more than half (3,681) were aged 60 or older. It was also reported that the average length of a stay in hospital was four days.

Avoiding slipping on snow or ice when you are out and about
Whether you are popping out for a quick walk or making an essential journey, it is always good practice to allow some extra time to get from A to B. Walk slowly and ensure that your steps are careful and purposeful.

It should also go without saying that wearing the appropriate footwear is essential. The best type of footwear is a pair of shoes or boots which have good grip. This will reduce your chances of slipping. Furthermore, you should travel light. Try carrying as few bags as possible so that you can keep your hands free to balance yourself if you begin to feel unsteady.

Furthermore, when you are walking you should watch out for patches of black ice. When you are approaching slopes either uphill or downhill, take extra caution. Also note that stairs can be particularly hazardous. The best practice Is to stick to paths which have been treated, well-trodden or salted.

Cleaning your driveway and pavements
Advice given by the Department for Transport (DfT) with regards to clearing snow and ice from your driveway, paths or pavements is as follows:
- Do it early. Snow is much easier to move when it is fresh.
- Do not use water as it might freeze and turn into black ice.
- If possible, use salt. Salt melts ice and snow and stops it from re-freezing. Ash and sand also do a similar thing.
- Pay attention whilst clearing pathways and steps.
- Take care whilst shovelling snow as it can be heavy work and has the potential to strain your back and even your heart, especially in cold weather.
- If you can, it is always a great idea to offer a helping hand to someone such as an elderly person who may not be able to clear snow and ice on their own.