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Staying safe on the ice

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by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Slips and falls, may break your bones. Covenant E.R. Doctor James Poock said so far he hasn't seen any ice-related injuries, but accidents can certainly happen this time of year.

He said the elderly are most susceptible to severe injuries.

"So it's important for those people to have a cell phone so if they do fall they can call for help," said Dr. Poock.

If you fall and don't think you need to see a doctor...

"If they have a bump or a bruise and you're trying to treat at home conservatively, elevation, ice, Tylenol, Motrin, things like that," said Dr. Poock.

But some falls can be very serious. Dr. Poock said the most common type of ice-related injuries are fractured wrists and ankles.

"If they fall and have pain or an obvious deformity they should come in. The elderly when they fall it's never a bad idea to have us check them out and make sure they're okay, but particularly if someone complains of pain it's important to be evaluated," said Dr. Poock.

The best advice is to stay off the ice, but if you can't, wear proper footwear and use any handrails available. Also...

"It does help to keep your shovel and your salt inside the backdoor so you can clean as you go so you don't have to walk across an icy or snow surface to get to your shovel," he said.

OSHA's website has some tips for walking safely on snow and ice, which include a good pair of boots, take short steps at a slower pace and during the daytime when the sun reflects off the snow, wear sunglasses to help you see better and avoid hazards.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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