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Steps you must take to avoid slipping and falling on icy surfaces

Many of us who live in areas that have a significant amount of annual snowfall think of ourselves as experts at navigating icy sidewalks. Few of us stop to think about how our risk of falling increases as we age, have an injury that impacts our gait, are in a hurry or other factors. Each of these makes us more prone to slips and falls.

In order to give ourselves the best chance of avoiding slips and falls, most safety experts recommend first looking at our shoes. For those of us who live in snowy or icy areas, it's important that we wear shoes with either neoprene or rubber soles as they're slip-resistant.

Also, when walking on potentially icy surfaces, we should all be cautious to lean slightly forward, take shorter strides and to walk more slowly. The experts also recommend that pedestrians resist carrying anything that may impact their ability to see hazards within six feet in front of them.

Young or old, we can all protect ourselves from becoming involved in a slip-and-fall accident by working to increase our balance and by improving our physical strength. One recent study of Canadian residents showed that those who were both 65 or older and exercised regularly experienced far fewer falls than their more sedentary counterparts.

Also, experts warn that if you do find yourself about to fall forward, then you should aim to both relax your muscles. You should also try to fall on your side and then roll over on your back instead of breaking your fall with your hands and wrists.

If you feel as if you're going to fall backward, then safety experts recommend for you to try to bow your head, so that your chin comes as close to your chest as possible. They also recommend stretching out your arms in front of you. Doing this will protect your head from striking the pavement, therefore, giving you less of a chance of suffering a concussion.

For many New Yorkers, the potential of being assessed fines or being held liable for another's injuries is enough of a deterrent to keep their property free of snow and ice. For others, it may not be. If you've slipped and fallen on someone else's poorly maintained property, then a Queens personal injury attorney can advise you of your right to file a lawsuit in your case.

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