The country is getting ready for snow and icy conditions to hit us over the course of the next few days, so here are a few tips and bits of advice so that you reduce your chances of an accident. The most common types of accident t in life in general are slips, trips and falls and this is certainly true when conditions become snowy and icy. Luckily, the vast majority of these only result in minor bumps and bruises and the occasional loss of dignity.

However, in previous years a number of people are still admitted to hospital suffering more serious injuries sustained after falling in wintery weather. For example, in 2013 there were 7.031 admissions to hospital in England alone which were results of falling over on snow or ice. So here are a few tips for walking in these conditions:

Wear study footwear, with a good grip – you can always change into other footwear when you have reached your destination.

Take it slowly, and allow yourself extra time to make your journey, so you don’t have to rush at the last minute.

Keep an eye on the conditions underfoot, as they can change. Some places will stay icy for longer, especially if they are shaded so that they do not catch any available sunlight.

If you have neighbours who are elderly/disabled/new mums for example why not offer to go to the shops for them.

A little rarer these days but some council still provide grit bins so people can treat public areas that  are not included on the normal gritter route, so make use of them but don’t remove vast quantities for your own use.

So make sure you are properly prepared and are wearing the corect items for the conditions, so make sure you are wearing your mens winter boots and winter clothing for the prevailing conditions. Check out the latest footwear available on the website or pop into our Macclesfield outlet