Take a leaf out of our book... look out for fall dangers
WET leaves may look harmless on the ground but for some they are an accident waiting to happen.
The Falls Prevention Collaborative and the Hope Collaborative from Grimsby's Hope Street Clinic, have been looking at the issues around falls in winter.
Together, members of the two organisations have come up with hazards to look out for when out and about in the community and at home.
Wet leaves can be dangerous if trodden into the path, covered by ice or covering a pothole.
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Broken tree branches, if stood on, could cause injury or a fall.
Poor street lighting needs to be reported to the council, seeing where you are going will help prevent a fall.
A worn-out rubber stopper on the end of a walking stick -– makes sure yours has enough grip and get any worn-out stoppers replaced.
Icy conditions – people are being urged to stock-up their food cupboards over winter to avoid unnecessary trips to the shops.
Cold temperatures – room temperatures should be 21 degrees and gentle exercises can help keep the body warm.
People are also urged to plan ahead in case bad weather occurs. A few things to remember are:
Having the flu jab.
Learning the signs of a chest infection so early medication can be used to treat it.
Asthmatics to keep an inhaler nearby.
Sign up to Met Office Weather Warning scheme.