Keep the spring in your step and avoid weather-related falls.
When spring and summer arrive in Ohio, we can get out and enjoy the outdoors and get some much-needed exercise. However, severe spring and summer weather and other conditions can increase your risk of falling:
- Rain and mud – Mud can be as slippery as snow and ice and can get on a variety of surfaces indoors and out. Avoid walkways that are covered with mud. Clean wet and dried mud off of your shoes and walking aids to maintain the most traction.
- Storms – Spring storms can cause a variety of tripping hazards from power outages to debris in outdoor walkways. If you can’t see the path before you, find another way.
- Flooding – Never walk or drive into flood waters! Still water can make you trip and moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Increased activity –Ask your doctor or physical therapist about strategies to safely increase your activity level.
Falls are not a normal part of aging, but as we age, we may be more susceptible to serious injury from a fall. Fortunately, most falls can be prevented when you understand your risks and take steps to remove or avoid hazards.