Safety tips for winter walking / Photo: Finnish Road Safety Council

Keep your feet on the ground this festive season – despite the increased risk

If the pavements are slippery during the festive season, it is reflected in a peak in pedestrians falling accidents and people hurting themselves. In the beginning of winter, pedestrians have forgotten to adapt their gait to slippery conditions, which is why the ‘Pysy pystyssä’ anti-slipping campaign raises awareness among citizens.

The festive season has started, and it can be seen in the number of slipping accidents. Slippery conditions alone will increase the risk of falling down, but the festive season with all the pre-Christmas parties combined with slippery conditions make for a highly elevated risk.

The festive season means more parties, which in turn increases the risk of falling over due to alcohol consumption. On the weekends, more than half of the patients that suffer from fractures of the ankle or leg have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of being injured, says Lauri Handolin, head of department at Töölö Hospital.

You should be aware of possibly slippery conditions and choose appropriate footwear before you go out. Once on the move, it is crucial to focus on your walking. You also shouldn’t be looking at your phone while walking, because not paying attention increases the risk of slipping. Focus on walking.

The ‘Pysy pystyssä’ anti-slipping campaign, to be launched in full force in January, encourages pedestrians to anticipate slippery conditions well in advance.

The thermometer alone will not tell you whether it is slippery outside or not. People can now report their observations of slippery conditions using the Weather application created by the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

We are particularly looking for information on situations where large street areas are very slippery, making it difficult to walk normally. The observations are monitored by our Weather and Safety Center, says senior meteorologist Sari Hartonen at the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

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The ‘Pysy pystyssä’ anti-slipping campaign (in Finnish)

Finnish Road Safety Council