With the arrival of the winter season comes increased chances of slipping and falling while out and about in Pennsylvania taking care of holiday shopping, spending time with friends and family, and carrying on with your regular daily life. Do you know how to keep both feet on the ground and unnecessary injuries at bay? 

Princeton University offers tips on avoiding a visit to the emergency room this winter due to a slip and fall. Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year without taking a spill. 

Think about where you step  

When snow, ice and low temperatures pop up in the forecast, give extra consideration to where and how you walk while out and about. For instance, if a path to a store or restaurant is not free of snow and ice, think about taking an alternate, safer route. Avoid rushing to make it easier for you maintain you balance and traction while walking. 

Wear proper footwear 

Having a good pair of snow boots or other slip-resistant footwear is a good idea. Usually, neoprene composite and rubber are the best materials suited for shoe soles to provide solid contact with the ground. 

Learn how to walk on snow and ice  

For those times when you have no choice but to walk on snow and ice, or if you simply cannot afford the footwear mentioned above, the next best thing is knowing how to navigate your way over potentially slick surfaces. Specifically, tip your weight forward a bit while walking with either a slight shuffle or a shortened gait to ensure that your legs do not get too far out in front of you. 

Be careful about stepping into and out of your vehicle 

It may surprise you to learn how many slip-and-fall incidents happen while entering and exiting an automobile. Do not hesitate to hold on to your car while easing out or climbing back in.