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Keep the Spring in Your Step and Avoid Weather Related Falls
After a long, hard winter, Spring is finally here. We can get out and enjoy the outdoors and get some much-needed exercise. However, severe spring weather and other conditions can increase your risk of falling:
- Rain and mud – Mud can be as slippery as snow and ice and can get on a variety of surfaces indoors and out. Avoid walkways that are covered with mud. Clean wet and dried mud off of your shoes and walking aids to maintain the most traction.
- Falls are not a normal part of aging, but as we age, we may be more susceptible to serious injury from a fall. One in three Ohioans age 65 and older will fall this year, and that rate goes up to one in two after age 79.Storms – Spring storms can cause a variety of tripping hazards from power outages to debris in outdoor walkways. If you can’t see the path before you, find another way.
- Flooding – Never walk or drive into flood waters! Still water can make you trip and moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Increased activity –Ask your doctor or physical therapist about strategies to safely increase your activity level.
Fortunately, most falls can be prevented when you understand your risks and take steps to remove or avoid hazards.
Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov for more tips and resources to prevent falls.