In the run up to Christmas, some regions have seen varying levels of snowfall leading to annual speculation on whether the UK will experience a white Christmas this year. Some reports have suggested that Britain is on track to experience its coldest winter in 15 years. If these reports are to be believed, and snow and ice is actually on the way, it’s important to be prepared so here are some handy tips to prevent accidents and injury in snow and ice.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
It goes without saying that going outside in cold weather wearing shorts and t-shirt is not a good idea and, while this is a particularly extreme example, wearing the correct clothing in snow and ice is extremely important. Not only should your clothing be warm, you should also wear clothing that would prevent you having an accident. Shoes with traction grips will grip better to ice and prevent slipping. A heavy, padded or bulky coat will cushion you if you slip to minimise the possibility of injury. Finally, bright clothing on dark evenings will mean that drivers will see you more easily.
Walking in Snow and Ice
As I’ve already mentioned, wearing the correct footwear when out on snow and ice can prevent slips and falls. The way you walk on snow and ice can also prevent accidents, especially if you make sure your centre of gravity is as close to being directly over your feet as possible. On the whole, if you stick to commonly used footpaths, there is less likelihood of experiencing large patches of ice.
Driving / Making Trips
If it is snowing heavily in your area or there are reports of ice or snow on your route, it is advised to only make the journey if it is absolutely necessary. While driving, keep the travel news on the radio for reports on roads on your journey. For more tips about driving in snow and ice, take a look at this helpful blog.
Clearing Ice and Snow
To prevent accidents happening on your property, try to clear as much snow and ice off as you can. If someone slips, especially on business premises, they may hold you accountable to claim against. Under no circumstances should you try to use hot water to melt ice away quickly as this will eventually refreeze and create a section of “black ice” which is harder to spot.
Personal Injury Compensation
If you have suffered a personal injury on snow or ice that wasn’t your fault you may be able to claim compensation. To find out if you have a claim contact our specialist personal injury solicitors at Farleys Solicitors on 0845 287 0939 or fill out our online enquiry form and one of the team will get in touch with you.