A well being board has demonstrated how folks ought to stroll like penguins to keep away from harmful slips and journeys on icy surfaces.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) hopes to maintain folks secure in the course of the chilly snap and says waddling like a penguin is an efficient solution to keep away from a nasty damage.
Top tricks to stroll like a penguin:
• Bend barely and preserve your knees free
• Point your toes out barely
• Extend your arms at your sides
• Walk flat-footed, taking quick steps
• Keep your centre of gravity over your toes
Dr Emilia Crighton, director for public well being at NHSGGC, mentioned: “While it might seem silly to walk or waddle like a penguin, the alternative may be a nasty injury or even time in hospital.
“Remember, in the case of getting round on ice, penguins know finest, so once you’re out and about within the subsequent few days, adopting the penguin stance is a very efficient solution to transfer with out falling.”
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The recommendation comes as snow and ice warnings stay in place throughout components of the UK.
The Met Office has an amber warning for disruption on account of snow over components of northern Scotland till Thursday night, with robust winds bringing blizzards and drifting.
Due to winter pressures on the NHS, Dr Crighton can also be urging folks to steer clear of hospital until it’s a critical fall.
Dr Crighton mentioned: “A&E is there to help the sickest people and treat the most urgent emergencies, and we would always advise anyone who thinks their condition or injury is very urgent or life-threatening to call 999 or go to A&E immediately.
“However, most falls and journeys don’t require therapy at A&E – and actually, you is perhaps requested to hunt assist elsewhere in the event you arrive at A&E inappropriately.
“If assessment is required, our minor injuries units are often best placed to carry that out, so we would urge anyone who has suffered a fall to call NHS24 on 111.
“They will have the ability to provide the recommendation you want, together with directing you to a minor accidents unit if required.”