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.iPhone transfer software 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.