The snow is slowly melting, and sledding injuries are becoming less of a concern, but it is important that everyone continue to exercise caution when outside. Over the past couple of days, WakeMed’s Emergency Departments have seen a triple-digit increase in the number of fall victims. Falls can be very serious, especially for the elderly, resulting in broken hips and wrists and other orthopaedic injuries. Falls can also cause concussions. Be sure to stay safe when walking on icy or wet surfaces.
- Wear proper footwear with good traction
- Take slow, small steps
- Use your feet as probes to detect possible slip, trip and fall hazards
- Hold on to railings and other stable objects when possible
- Protect the more vulnerable parts of your body like your head, neck and spine if you do fall
The falls risk does not end when you come inside. Make sure to use caution when you come inside with wet icy shoes. Be sure to remove or dry your shoes and be aware of the falls risk. An ounce of caution can prevent a nasty spill.