Be street smart:
- Take your time and plan ahead. Avoid rushing.
- Pay attention to what is in front of you and look ahead.
- Watch for uneven surfaces, sidewalk cracks, unmarked curbs and slopes.
- Take your time going up or down sidewalk curbs.
- Use well lit walkways.
- Pay close attention when you are in unfamiliar places.
- Watch for obstacles like other people, cars, pets and newspaper stands.
- Use your walking aids.
- Use stairs that have at least one handrail.
- Sit down and rest when you feel tired.
Get a grip on slippery surfaces:
- Avoid wet surfaces like puddles, snow and ice.
- Watch for wet or slippery floors in public buildings.
- Wear good fitting shoes with non-slip treads on the soles.
- Use an ice pick on the end of your cane when it is icy.
- Speak to building managers to report hazards in buildings.
- Report community hazards to your municipality
This information was brought to you by Finding Balance, developed by the Alberta Center for Injury Control and Research and the Alberta Medical Association.