The snow and ice are dangerous hazards for people who are walking around. When wintry weather makes its way to this area, it is time for you to make sure that you are ready for the challenge that comes with needing to get around.

One of the first things that you need to do is to make sure you are wearing the correct shoes. Trying to wear high heels or shoes with a smooth bottom isn’t going to work in snow and ice. Instead, you need shoes that have grooves or grips on them. This can help you keep your traction while you are walking.

As you walk, take penguin-like steps that are short. Try to keep your feet flat so that as much of your shoe as possible comes into contact with the sidewalk or road. You might feel a bit silly doing this, but it can help you remain safe.

You also need to watch where you are going. This is something that you might have to make an effort to do, especially if you are familiar with the area. Changes in the surface of the area can make it hard to avoid slipping or tripping.

You should also make sure that you don’t drink alcohol before walking in wintry conditions. Just as alcohol can impair a driver, it can impact a pedestrian.

If you are injured in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, you should get medical care. You can then determine how you are going to handle the expenses. Filing a claim for compensation is one option.

Source: Consumer Reports, “Protect Yourself From Slips and Falls This Winter,” Catherine Roberts, accessed Dec. 20, 2017