Doctors warn of unseen danger in bitter cold


KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) — This bitter cold can cause refreezing on sidewalks and parking lots making them the perfect recipe for falling.

Normally dry sidewalks and driveways can turn into dangers with icy patches. Kettering Medical Center doctors say they’ve seen an increase in cold related injuries, specifically falling and slipping on ice.

When rain falls and temperatures drop, it refreezes creating slick spots on sidewalks and blacktop. Doctors say sometimes you don’t see those patches of ice, especially on the blacktop.

It only takes one missed step or the wrong pair of shoes and you can fall, twist your ankle, break a bone, throw out your back, or seriously injure yourself.

Doctors say the ice doesn’t discriminate, and people of all ages are prone to those types of injuries. Experts report people who are on blood thinners are at a greater risk.

“To prevent that in some ways salt will be helpful,” said Medical Director Nancy Pook. “Having a good shoe with traction and support, making sure that before you go out that your balance is indeed in tact, so that you’re not putting yourself for medical reasons or other reasons at risk for falling.”

Head and hip injuries are the most dangerous. Experts advise if you do fall, use your hands to protect those parts of your body.

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