Do the penguin waddle and prevent an icy fall
'All it takes is one misstep on ice and a preventable accident occurs'
With British Columbians bracing for an Arctic chill this week after being walloped with snow and slush last week, walking in and around the icy aftermath can be a challenge.
Lewis Smith, a spokesperson for the Canada Safety Council, said slips and spills from walking on ice are common and can result in anything from a scrape to broken bones. Although seniors, those with mobility issues and those without proper gear are most vulnerable, anyone can take a tumble.
"All it takes is one misstep on ice and a preventable accident occurs," he said.
It's important to be prepared with the right gear, Smith said, like rubber grips on shoes, warm clothing or even hip protectors that can absorb the shock of the blow.
Sidewalks and driveways should be kept cleared of snow with walkways sanded and salted whenever possible, he added.
Do the penguin
If you have to walk on ice, there's a safe way to do it. Smith recommends "walking like a penguin."
1. Make a wide stance: "[Keep] maybe about a foot between your two feet. That's to give you a wider base, a wider stance, so that you can maintain your balance a little better."
2. Keep your knees loose: "[You should be] sort of hunched over a little bit, and that keeps your centre of gravity down further towards the ground and also improves stability."
3. Waddle: "Take one small step, transfer your weight over slowly with the next foot. [This] keeps the stability and prevents any sudden shifts in weight."
With files from The Early Edition