Ice arrives: How to protect yourself from falls

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After roads and sidewalks were covered in ice Sunday, we talked to a Genesis spokesperson about ways to protect yourself from a fall. With temperatures dropping along with a wintry mix, now is a good time to revisit those tips.

It’s instinctive to put down your hands, but that’s when people break their arms and wrists,

What’s recommended is you pull your arms to your chest. You want to tuck in as close as possible.

You also want to bend your knees; it’ll instantly reduce the distance of your fall.

Falling from 5-6 feet off the ground will be more painful than falling from two feet off the ground.

When you’re going down, you want to keep your head and face away as far from the ground as possible.

Following these tips won’t completely prevent injury, but it’ll be minimal.

Icy roads and sidewalks have the potential to cause a spike in fender-benders and slip-and-fall injuries.

Genesis spokesperson Craig Cooper said one thing people need to be clear about is that it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old — everyone is at risk of slipping over in icy conditions.

“It doesn’t discriminate,” Cooper said. “Ice doesn’t discriminate. But typically older people will be maybe more susceptible to a broken bone just because the natural aging of your bone.”

Watch the video above for more tips.

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Roads are slick. Drive safely.

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