After several calls for falls, ambulance service urges you to watch your stepFARGO – Icy conditions this morning were blamed for a record number of falls requiring responses by F-M Ambulance Service, prompting its operations director to issue a safety warning.
FARGO – Icy conditions this morning were blamed for a record number of falls requiring responses by F-M Ambulance Service, prompting its operations director to issue a safety warning.
Ken Krupich said the service responded to 10 fall-related calls before 1 p.m. – nine of them at the same time, requiring ancillary staff to deploy three ambulances in addition to the six already out on calls.
Ambulance crews also responded to three motor vehicle crashes blamed on slick conditions.
Most of those who slipped and fell were doing simple tasks such as walking to the mailbox, going to the car or moving their garbage can off the boulevard, Krupich said.
Ice is forming spottily on sidewalks, driveways and parking lots, catching unsuspecting pedestrians off guard, he said.
“They’re not just bumps and bruises. They’re usually fractures that we’re seeing,” he said.
F-M Ambulance plans to remain on high alert with at least eight ambulances on call as conditions worsen during the weekend storm, Krupich said.
“It’s just one of those things where, just sit tight if you can, be careful if you can’t,” he said.
If one must venture outdoors, F-M Ambulance offers the following reminders for walking in slippery conditions:
• Watch for darkened or shiny patches on sidewalks and avoid them.
• Try to walk on snow or grass if possible – this will create more traction.
• Walk with short and relatively quick steps while on slippery surfaces.
• Keep your weight leaning slightly forward.
• Wear decent and appropriate footwear.
• Watch where you’re going.
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