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How to walk on ice
■ Get the right footwear. Winter walking is hazardous no matter your age, so plan for the challenge by wearing shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles. And consider buying traction cleats, such as Yaktrax, that slip over your shoes.
■ Adjust your gait. Even before you encounter an ice patch, expect one. Slow your pace, “take smaller steps, bend forward slightly, and walk as flat-footed as possible.” Scan the path ahead for hazards, including black ice, and don’t carry anything in your arms that will block your view.
■ Fall the right way. If you start to fall, try to stay relaxed. Stiffening up makes you more prone to injury. And don’t extend an arm to break a hard fall; you’ll break a wrist. Instead, land on your side and “roll like a football player.” If you’re falling backward, try to “tuck your chin to your chest” to avoid slamming your head on the ground.
Source: The New York Times ■