The weather outside may be frightful, but there are so many things to do in Ottawa that are delightful! Whether you enjoy going for winter walks, heading to the canal for some skating, or taking a stroll through the Byward Market, these extra precautions will help you stay safe and prevent slips and falls.
Ice & snow means take it slow!
When it’s a winter wonderland outside, remember to walk slowly and carefully. Watch for slippery floors when you enter buildings, hold handrails when using stairs, and never run through a crosswalk or rush to catch a bus! Ultimately, the best way to avoid slipping or falling this winter is to take your time and be careful.
Wear seasonally appropriate footwear
This is an important one. If it’s snowing, or if it has snowed recently, be sure to wear treaded boots or other slip-resistant footwear. Additionally, try to walk as flat-footed as possible and avoid uneven ground, especially in icy areas.
Keep your hands free
Avoid walking with your hands in your pockets and bring some gloves instead. You should also avoid carrying items, especially if they’re heavy, as it can throw off your balance. Opt for a backpack instead. Therefore, your hands will be free so you can catch yourself if need be.
Shovel & salt your driveway
Accidents often happen close to home, sometimes right outside your front door! Always clear snow from your driveway and walkways to ensure that you, your family, and any guests that may visit your home are safe. Afterwards, remember to salt these surfaces to help melt any ice that accumulates.
Report dangerous surfaces
Lastly, but just as importantly, report any untreated public surfaces. For private and commercial locations that have patches of black ice or unshoveled walk ways, contact their maintenance directly. As for public city sidewalks, they should always be cleared within 72 hours after the end of a snowfall. If that is not the case, call 3-1-1 or visit the city of Ottawa’s Winter Sidewalk Maintenance report form here.
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the number-one cause of winter injuries is slips and falls on ice. Stay safe while out and about this winter by following the steps above. Doing so will help reduce your chances of suffering a personal injury. However, sometimes the result of someone else’s negligence is the cause of slip and fall injuries.