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As winter grips Sheboygan County, icy walkways become a common hazard. Slips and falls on ice are not only painful but can lead to serious injuries. Whether you’re a seasoned local or new to our icy winters, these practical tips will help you navigate icy walkways safely.

1. Choose the Right Footwear
Invest in a pair of boots with non-slip soles. Look for footwear labeled as ‘anti-slip’ or ‘ice-grip’. These boots are designed to provide better traction on ice and snow. Remember, what you wear on your feet can make a significant difference in preventing falls.

2. Salt Early and Often
Prevent ice formation by salting your walkways before a snowstorm. Sheboygan’s hardware stores offer a variety of ice melts. Choose a pet and plant-friendly option if needed. After the storm, apply more salt to break up ice patches. Remember, it’s easier to prevent ice than to remove it.

3. Shovel Snow Promptly
Clearing snow immediately after it falls prevents it from compacting into ice. Use a sturdy shovel and take regular breaks to avoid overexertion. If you’re unable to shovel, consider hiring a local snow removal service.

4. Walk Like a Penguin
When walking on ice, take a tip from the penguins. Walk flat-footed and take short, shuffling steps to maintain your balance. Keep your arms out slightly for stability, and avoid carrying heavy loads that might throw off your balance.

5. Light Up Your Walkways
Ensure your walkways are well-lit. This will help you see icy patches more clearly. Solar-powered lights are a great, energy-efficient option to illuminate outdoor paths.

6. Use Handrails
Whenever available, use handrails, especially on icy steps. Handrails provide extra support and can prevent a fall if you slip.

7. Stay Informed About Weather Conditions
Be aware of the weather forecast. Sheboygan County weather can change quickly, and being prepared helps in planning your outdoor activities.

8. Emergency Contacts and First Aid
Keep your phone with you in case of a fall, and learn basic first aid for slips and falls. If a fall results in severe pain, immobilization, or disorientation, seek medical help immediately.

Remember, the key to safely navigating icy walkways is preparation and caution. By following these tips, you can reduce the risk of falls and enjoy the beautiful Sheboygan County winter safely.

More info: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/winterweather/index.html