The council of elders: danger of slipping!

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How to protect yourself from accidents in the dark, ice and snow

How to protect yourself from accidents in the dark, ice and snow.

In our latitudes, ice and snow are among the necessary evils. Children and winter sports enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the first snow. Homeowners and tenants are not particularly pleased as they have to provide winter services.

Especially for the elderly, ice and snow are a source of danger, which can lead to falls and are associated with them, often resulting in broken bones or worse.

Not only does vision decrease with age, but so does mobility. So don't just get a good view in winter! This includes so-called night lights in the apartment, which are plugged into the socket and are best equipped with motion detectors.

For example, the nocturnal toilet visit is illuminated, but the light does not burn permanently. It also makes sense to install light switches that have motion sensors and always turn on the light when you approach the switch.
Because with good visibility you just run safer. The same applies to paths and stairs outside the house. Lights that illuminate the individual steps or handrails with built-in lamps ensure good lighting without dazzling.

In ice and snow, you should wear shoes with a profile that ensure a safe step on snow-covered areas, or fall back on spikes when icing up. What was once common with winter tires is also available as a cover for shoes, in different designs, suitable for all sizes. These spikes guarantee a secure hold in ice and snow.

With a few tools, you can ensure that the 'dark season' is both brightened and your own freedom of movement is maintained in order to make your daily walk safer despite ice and snow.