Walk Like A Penguin

The Penguin Post has noticed that recently various municipalities around the country have offered advice to their citizens to “walk like a penguin” for safety’s sake in this winter’s ice and snow.  Be it to and from parking lots, on an icy street, between buildings, or anywhere else slick and outdoors to avoid slipping and falling.  This week in the mid-west, after being belted with two near record snowstorms the Emergency Services physicians at Providence Medical Center and Saint John Hospital in Kansas City have offer the following waddling safety tips to keep in mind:  Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; assume all wet, dark areas on pavements are slick.  Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and other frozen areas can be hazardous (unless you are actually a penguin). Look ahead when you walk. During bad weather, avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles and heels. Instead, wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice.  Point your feet out slightly like a penguin! Spreading your toes (webbed or otherwise) out slightly while walking on ice increases your center of gravity. Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity over your feet (like the penguins pictured below).  Extend your arms (flippers) out to your sides to maintain balance.  Keep your hands out of your pockets! Hands in pockets while walking decreases your center of gravity and balance (besides penguins don’t have pockets).  Take short steps or shuffle for stability (very penguin-like).  If you fall; try to avoid landing on your knees, wrists, or spine.  Try and keep both feet on the ground as you exit and enter your parked vehicle, and if possible keep waddling.

For safety's sake walk like a penguin

For safety’s sake walk like a penguin


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