The rainy season increases the risk of slip and fall injuries from water pooling on sidewalks as well as wet floors. Complacency can lead to mistakes on wet surfaces that increase your risk of slipping. Before you risk an injury, it is important to understand how to navigate wet surfaces as safely as possible.
There are things you can do to minimize your risk of falling and to reduce your injuries if you do fall.
Point your toes out
When you walk on wet surfaces, point your toes out slightly away from your body to help maintain your balance. This keeps you upright, improves surface traction and slows your steps to reduce fall risks.
Be cautious about landing
If you feel your feet slipping and you are unable to recover your balance, the way that you fall matters. Keep your muscles as loose as possible. Tensing up will worsen your injuries. In addition, protect your head and shift your body so that you distribute the impact and reduce the risk of serious injuries.
Only get up if you are sure it is safe
Your first reaction after a fall might be to get back up on your feet as quickly as you can. However, it is important that you take a minute to assess your physical condition and your ability to get back on your feet safely. Stand up when you are certain that it is safe to do so or get help.
Intentional movements and support are necessary to reduce your risk of injury if you slip and fall on a wet floor or sidewalk.