Walk Like A Penguin To Avoid Slipping On Ice

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Walk Like A Penguin To Avoid Slipping On Ice


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People who don't want to slip on snow and ice are being advised to walk like a penguin.

Experts advise spreading your feet and bending slightly to increase the centre of gravity and to walk with short flat footed steps.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Do the penguin walk! Walking like a penguin in compacted snow and ice will help prevent slips, trips and falls. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sneachta?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sneachta</a> <a href="https://t.co/24zT24T7Rm">pic.twitter.com/24zT24T7Rm</a></p>&mdash; Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) <a href="https://twitter.com/DubFireBrigade/status/968901117290704897?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 28, 2018</a></blockquote>
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People are also being advised to wear appropriate footwear with grip, not to impede vision with hoods and scarves and to keep your hands out of your pockets.

Orthopaedic surgeon Peter O’Rourke has told The Irish Independent that hip and wrist fractures are common in heavy snow conditions.

"In 1982, during the heavy snowfalls, in the hospital I worked in we had 65-69 wrist fractures and 29 hip fractures in the space of a few days. It is mainly hips and wrist fractures in older people, while younger patients tend to break their ankle."


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