Spring Snow on the Prairies: Walk Safely

Here we are at the tail end of April enjoying a late-season dump of fresh, heavy snow. Mother Nature’s way of letting us know who’s boss? Maybe. It’s disappointing after recently enjoying a plus-20-degree day but certainly not unusual for the Prairies this time of year.

If you’ve already been enjoying outdoor walks, don’t let the weather send you back inside. Keep walking, but remember that surfaces may be icy, especially if you’re a senior or accompanying a senior.

Senior walking in winter

The Canada Safety Council offers some tips for safer walking in wintery conditions. Here are just a few:

  • Wear footwear that’s waterproof, light-weight, and has non-slip tread and wide, low heels.
  • Use a cane or walker to help with balance.
  • Carry a small bag of sand or non-clumping cat litter to sprinkle when confronted with icy sidewalks, steps, bus stops, etc.

For more tips and information, see the Canada Safety Council’s Safety Tips for Winter Walking.

“In every walk with nature, one receives more than he seeks.” – John Muir