Stay Safe in Winter

Regular physical activity is important for healthy aging. But winter can be a difficult time to go outside and be active. A fall on hard packed snow or ice can have a lasting effect on your health and independence. 

Here are some practical tips to help you stay safe and active in winter.

  • Choose boots with a wide low heel and a non slip sole
  • If using a cane, attach a retractable ice pick to the end. Remember to flip it up when you go indoors.
  • Consider using ice grippers on your boots. Make sure to remove them when indoors.

Keep walkways clear

  • Carry a small bag of grit, sand or non-clumping cat litter in your pocket and sprinkle it on icy sidewalks, steps or bus stops. Fill your bag at City of Ottawa yellow grit boxes
  • Keep entrance ways, walkways, stairs and driveways clear of ice and snow.

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