GETTYSnow Storm Emma: The doctor said to walk like a penguin to not fall
Orthopaedic surgeon Peter O’Rourke said that hip and wrist fractures are common in heavy snow conditions.
He said: "In 1982, during the heavy snowfalls, in the hospital, I worked in we had 65-69 wrist fractures and 29 hip fractures in the space of a few days.”
He added that it is mainly hips and wrist fractures in older people, while younger people tend to break their ankle.
The doctor has prescribed a few safety tips to keep in mind while walking around in the snow, including walking like a penguin.Related articles
Spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases the centre of gravity.
You should also try to bend slightly and walk with short, flat-footed steps.
The doctor also said you need supportive laced-up shoes that can grip the ice.
Other basic safety tips include looking ahead while you walk.