Winter Weather Safety Tips

Find out how to avoid a trip to the hospital due to slippery ice.
3:00 | 12/12/13

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Next the deep freeze gripping much of the nation, that bitter cold and all that ice turning this into one of the most hazardous times for anyone walking out the door. One mid western city citing 200 trips to the emergency room in one day just from slips and falls. Here's abc's ron claiborne. Reporter: Tiz the season for slipping, sliding and falling. This week has been brutally cold in much of the country. In minnesota, this cold. It's been about 30 seconds and watch what happens, pure ice. Reporter: With so many streets and sidewalks, parks and yards turned into virtual hockey rinks, hundreds of people have been sent to the hospital with injuries from falling on ice or hard packed snow. In minneapolis, 200 in one frigid day. The most common things are going to be ankle injuries, wrist injuries, knee and elbow. Reporter: There are ways to at least minimize your risk of falling on ice. Walk cautiously with knees bent and keep your hands out of your pockets so they're free to break your fall if you fall. Wear smart shoes with grooved rubber soles. If the ice is bad enough consider attaching ice grips. Wear sunglasses on sunny days to make it easier to see slippery surfaces. Don't forget to remove snow and ice from the bottom of the soles of your shoes. Once you're inside a wet sole indoors can be just as slippery as an icy patch outside. The difference is going to be how dense and hard the ground is that you are striking. Reporter: A pratt fall on a slick surface may seem funny but sometimes it's no joke. Ron claiborne, abc news, new york.

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