Thursday, December 12 2013, 06:01 PM MST
Preventing Slips and Falls from Ice
(KUTV) - The last few days have been frigid across the state and that means there are still a lot of icy patches on the roadways and sidewalks. Doctors say they see a lot of people in the emergency room this time of year with injuries sustained for slips on the ice. They are asking people to use common sense during the winter time. "If you come across a patch of ice and you are not paying attention because you are busy looking at your mobile device you may go down and it is not going to be pretty."
Doctor Kris Kemp says the common injuries he sees in the emergency room at Park City Medical Center are everything from head and neck injuries to wrist fractures. He says one way to prevent slips on the ice is to shovel your driveway and walkways after a snowstorm. You should also use ice melt or salt. "If you are going to go outside and use a shovel to shovel off your driveway or sidewalks, please wear boots. Please wear gloves. We don’t need frostbite. We don’t need slips and falls."
And while walking to your car, keep your hands out of your pockets in case you do fall. If you can, use your hands to grip a handrail, especially if you are using stairs.
Reporter: Mary Nickles
Producer: Carla Roberts Pruitt
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