Nicknamed the Beast from the East, Siberia has sent us a late winter present of snow. Temperatures have dropped to -6 degrees in some places and here are our tips for our support workers and clients about travelling around in the snow.
If you are walking
1) Plan your route. The path may not be clear or salted so give yourself extra time to walk to the shops and back
2) Wear flat-soled shoes.
3) Avoid shoes with heels. Footwear made of rubber and neoprene composite provide better traction than plastic and leather soles.
4) Look ahead when you walk. A pavement completely covered with ice may require travel along its grassy edge for traction.
5)Don’t text or read while walking.
6) Take short steps or shuffle for stability.
7) Keep your hands out of your pockets.
8) If there is no snow on the ground it doesn't mean it's safe. When the sun shines, the snow melts and freezes overnight into clear ice or 'black ice'. So pay attention as you walk
9) Dress in layers. We love big thick jumpers but the more thin layers you have, the more air is trapped.
10) Shop online. If you don't have to go out, then stay at home and have your shopping brought to you.
MOST IMPORTANT:- Think about how you are going to fall. Try to fall with sequential contacts at your thigh, hip and shoulder. Avoid using outstretched arms to brace yourself. Bend your back and head forward to avoid hitting your head against the ground. Make sure you can reach your mobile if you end up on the pavement.
Whether you love or hate snow, its best viewed from a warm window with a warm drink.