(Denver, Colorado): Puddles. Nothing but puddles. Colorado’s oddly warm weather during the day and freezing temps at night are creating little morning ice patches. If you’re like the rest of us, there’s a dog to walk, a paper to retrieve and simple navigation to your car or lite rail can be a slippery slope. The best advice is to make sure you are first, fully awake and wearing sensible shoes when venturing out in the early morning hours.
But if you should slip and fall. Take the fall like you might on your mountain bike. Roll into a forward fall and remember to tuck that chin in if heading downward on your backside. Our go-to personal health expert Jane Brody adds these suggestions from How to Protect Yourself from Falls in the this weeks New York Times.
Step One: Check your footwear. Shoes and boots should have slip resistant soles. Or slip something on like Yaktrax (which come off and store with ease).
Step Two: Take smaller steps, bend forward slightly, go slow and sure footed as possible when it’s icy or snowy (good life advice too actually).
Lastly, always have a plan if you get hurt to contact help. If you fall? We suggest you take it all in (unless you need immediate medical attention). There might be a nice cloud up there in the open air to brighten your day.