Summer is in full swing, but before we know it, the nights will be drawing in and temperatures will fall. The winter months are notorious for hazardous weather conditions and this means an increase in slips and trips.
Falls are a major problem for emergency services all over the country and the elderly are one of the most vulnerable groups. Every year, ambulance services experience an influx of urgent calls as a result of elderly people falling in a public place or tripping on icy driveways at home.
How to avoid slips, trips, and falls this winter – especially if elderly
Last January the North West Ambulance Service experienced a 12% increase in the number of urgent calls as a result of snow fall and black ice. It’s always best to be prepared, so here are some tips to ensure that you are ready for the winter weather:
Good, solid footwear is essential for the winter and if the ground is wet or covered in ice or snow, normal everyday shoes just won’t cut it. Invest in a pair of sturdy walking boots or Wellington boots, which have grip on the soles and ensure you are wearing suitable shoes every time you go outside, even if you are just popping down the road for a newspaper.
Sometimes you have far too much to do and not enough time to do it all, but when it’s wet or icy outside, try to avoid rushing and take your time. So many elderly people suffer accidents at work, or falls at home, because they are in a hurry.
Grit your steps and driveway
If you have steps down from your front door or a driveway, pour salt or grit on them to prevent slipping. Keep the salt just inside the doorway so that you can use it straightaway.
Avoid going out in severe weather conditions
If the weather is awful and you don’t need to go out, stay at home and keep warm.
Making a slip, trip or fall claim
If you’ve slipped in a public place or had a fall at work, you may be able to claim slip, trip or fall compensation. If you have had a fall, which wasn’t your fault within the last three years, talk to Accident Advice Helpline.
The legal team has expertise in handling claims for road traffic accidents, work-related injuries and travel accidents and they have an excellent track record.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.