Lincoln sidewalks are icy- how can you avoid a fall?

The Lincoln Fire Department’s been busy all afternoon as ice is building up on the city’s surfaces. 

They’ve responded to multiple reports of falls, prompting them to bring in an additional ambulance to help cover the high number of calls they’ve been getting.

 

Captain Chad Roof said you can avoid falls if you take a few precautions. 

“Be aware of your surroundings, if there’s snow around walk on the snow instead of the sidewalk, just be super cautious and wear good shoes,” Roof said. 

The University of Maryland provided a few more tips to avoid slipping.

  • Keep your center of gravity over your front leg
  • Walk flat footed and take short shuffling steps
  • Step down, not out from curbs
  • Go hands free and use your arms for balance

The most common injuries associated with falls are wrist and arm injuries. But Roof said head and hip injuries can occur and are more serious. 

The Fire Department is also taking precautions for their own. Firefighters wear ice cleats that provide additional traction. They also bring salt and other chemicals to melt ice while they work.

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