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Stay safe and avoid hazards: Essential tips for winter walking from Gateshead Health’s frontline staff

Winter is a beautiful season that brings a lot of fun activities, but it also comes with its own set of risks and hazards. The cold weather, snow, ice, and rain can make surfaces slippery and increase the chances of slips, falls, and trips. Taking extra precautions and being aware of your surroundings before heading outside is essential to avoid any potential injuries.

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to winter safety is to wear appropriate footwear with good grip and traction. This will help you avoid slipping on icy or wet surfaces. It’s also important to take your time and watch where you’re going, especially when walking on uneven or unfamiliar terrain. It’s better to be cautious and take a little longer to reach your destination than to rush and risk a nasty fall.

In this short winter message directly from Gateshead Health’s frontline staff is Rosie, a physiotherapist currently working with our winter ward team. Rosie explains her one piece of advice for trips or falls.

Rosie, Physiotherapist at Gateshead Health

If you have any physical limitations, taking extra care during the winter months is crucial. Consider using assistive devices such as canes or walkers to help you maintain your balance while walking. If you’re feeling unsteady, it’s best to avoid going out alone and ask for help from a friend or family member.

Another important tip is to be mindful of the weather conditions before going outside. Check the weather forecast and plan your route accordingly. If the weather is particularly bad, it might be better to wait until conditions improve before venturing outside.

In conclusion, by taking these simple precautions and being aware of your surroundings, you can reduce your risk of falls and trips during the winter months.

Remember that prevention is always better than cure, so take the time to prepare yourself and your surroundings before heading outside. Stay safe and enjoy all the winter activities that this beautiful season has to offer!