Trauma experts provide winter safety tips to reduce emergency room visits

MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – We're all living in a deep freeze and as the temperatures drop...cold weather injuries are on the rise.
MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – We're all living in a deep freeze and as the temperatures drop...cold weather injuries are on the rise.

Ironically, the colder it gets the more burns ER doctors see.

Of course the most common type of injuries are caused by falls. Icy conditions can turn a sidewalk like this into a slip & slide.

The trauma team at Intermountain Medical Center has provided a list of tips to help you avoid a trip to the hospital.

Keep your sidewalks and driveway free of snow and ice.

Wear shoes or boots that have good traction

Pay attention while walking - ice patches can be anywhere

Allow time for bad weather and traffic delays

Leave ample distance between your car and the driver in front of you - braking distances can be nine times longer on icy surfaces.

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