People in Saskatoon may want to be extra careful on sidewalks this weekend.

MD Ambulance said it was a record day for slips and falls in Saskatoon on Friday, following a significant snowfall that left sidewalks and street icy.

In an 18-hour period, paramedics responded to 17 falls in the city. Injuries included a broken leg, broken ribs, head injuries, and a possible fractured hip.

Its previous record was 10 fall-related calls in a 24-hour period.

Troy Davies with MD Ambulance said elderly people need to take extra precautions because their injuries take longer to heal and may lead to other illnesses.

People are being told to clear sidewalks and lay salt down in the icy areas so they do not create a hazard.

Saskatoon's Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw requires residential sidewalks to be clear of snow and ice within 48 hours of a snowfall.