Stay Safe This Winter

Bundle up and walk like a penguin

man in the cold

When the weather brings ice and snow, being outdoors can be a challenge. Check weather advisories if you plan to go out. Older adults tend to lose body heat faster than when they were younger. A hard wind blows heat away from your body. On windy days, look to see if a wind chill alert has been issued.

If you do have to go out, use these tips to help you move about safely.

Walk this way

  • Point your feet outward like a penguin. Keep them about a foot apart.
  • Walk flat-footed. Take short steps or shuffle, with your knees loose.
  • Keep your arms at your sides and slightly extended for balance. Don't put your hands in your pockets.
  • Scan the route ahead for dark, icy patches. Always assume there's ice under snow.
  • Wear shoes or boots with nonslip rubber soles and low heels.
  • Wear sunglasses outdoors to cut down on glare from snow.
  • Dress in loose layers of clothing. Air between the layers helps you stay warm. Keep your head and neck covered.
  • Plan your trek so you don't have to rush. Go indoors if your hands or feet start feeling cold

On the road

A wintertime backup kit in the car can be a lifesaver. Here are important items to include:

  • First aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Battery-powered flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Windshield scraper
  • Small bag of sand for tire traction
  • Emergency flares or bright cloth
  • Cell phone charger
  • Bottled water