How to Properly Walk on Ice & Not Fall Down [Video]
Yeah, I know, it sounds simple enough, but there are actually some things you need to remember before heading outside and adventuring onto the ice so you don't slip and fall.
Even as we were filming this video the street was getting very slippery. The compacted snow had a nasty layer of mist on top; I had a hard time standing straight up recording this!
I grew up in North Dakota where walking on ice was a part of life. But in these parts, it's just not something you do very often. Here are a few tips.
First of all, where the proper shoes. Tennis shoes or hiking boots are best. Cowboy boots with the slick hard bottom are an accident waiting to happen, so are women's high heels and dress shoes. If you need to wear them out, take them with you and change at the venue. It's just not worth biffing it on the ice for the sake of fashion.
Next, walk slowly and keep your hands out of your pockets. This is the biggest mistake people make. Get some gloves and keep your hands out for balance. Bend slightly at the knee and slow down. You might look silly, but trust me it's better than a broken tailbone.
Looks can be deceiving. A little snow on top of the ice is where most people slip, you can't see the ice and boom, down you go.
I'm stating the obvious here, but try to stay off the ice in the first place if an all possible. Take the long way around to your car or wherever you're going. Avoid walking by the rain spouts on a building, too. There always seems to be extra layers of ice around those from the melting rooftops.
Take it from me, someone who's fallen more times than I can count: the minute you think you know what you're doing or that it's safe, you will fall. I've broken an ankle and been on crutches from jumping across a small snow bank; falling can happen in the blink of an eye.
Safe driving and walking this winter season!