Woman shares simple hack to prevent you from slipping on icy sidewalks

Woman shares simple hack to prevent you from slipping on icy sidewalks

A woman has shared a clever hack to help you avoid slipping in freezing weather.  (Getty Images)

A woman has shared a clever hack to help you avoid slipping in freezing weather. (Getty Images)

The UK is currently experiencing the deep freeze, with snow and ice weather warnings continuing across the UK after the record for the coldest night of the year so far was broken for the second night in a row. Brrrrr.

With temperatures plunging and snow and ice falling across many areas of the UK, slipping on an icy pavement is a very real risk right now.

While some try to avoid slipping by trying to stick to paths and roads that are gravel, one woman has come up with a simple but clever trick to avoid falling over in winter conditions.

With driveways and paths turning into hazards, TikTok user @mels_family_life has shared a trick to increase your grip on the ice and prevent you from tipping over.

In a video that has clocked up more than a million views, the creator shows that all she does to avoid slipping is to put a pair of large socks over her shoes.

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Demonstrating the trick himself and branding the unique hack an “absolute game changer”, the social media user shared his unusual method of preventing slips in cold weather.

“So this is happening right now,” she says in the demo clip of her walking on an icy sidewalk.

“When it’s icy, socks and shoes… game changer.

“If you don’t know, get to know,” she added.

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The trick apparently works if you put the socks over the entire shoe or just on the sole.

Unsurprisingly, with people looking to stay upright in the wintry conditions right now, many TikTok users expressed their thanks for the unusual tip.

“Never heard of this before, definitely going to try it,” wrote one user.

– Off to Primark for men’s socks, that’s because there’s an ice rink out there, added another.

Someone else added: “I’m so concerned about this, I live in Scotland and am terrified of slipping, I’ve had a few falls too so thanks.”

“Gonna do this!” a third swore. “I recently slipped and broke my elbow, so I have the absolute fear of falling again. This will help so much.”

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Others who had tested the tip themselves also hailed its success. “My grandma told me to do this years ago! Works a treat,” one person wrote.

While some pointed out that they might attract some stares when they go out with socks over their shoes, one TikTok pointed out that the benefits far outweighed looking a little weird: “I’d rather look stupid with socks over my shoes than struggle around on crutches to have snapped a leg sliding on ice,” wrote the user.

“I’ve always done this,” another commenter added. “Always get the look, but I’m not the one slipping.”

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Icy pavements can be a real danger.  (Getty Images)

Icy pavements can be a real danger. (Getty Images)

The NHS has previously warned of the risk of slipping in winter weather, with cold spells presenting additional challenges due to ice and snow.

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Falls are one of the main reasons why older people visit emergency departments and can sometimes lead to longer hospital stays.

To try to avoid slipping on snow or ice, the NHS recommends spreading sand or salt on icy surfaces on walkways, work areas and stairs. Also wear shoes or boots with flat, low heels and a non-slip sole to reduce the risk of slipping and a good tread to help grip the ground.

In the meantime, NI Direct has put together some additional tips to help reduce the risk of slipping in freezing weather.

  • Think about the best route to your destination and allow a little extra time to get there

  • Avoid rushing or taking shortcuts over areas where snow or ice removal is incomplete

  • Choose appropriate footwear – flat shoes/boots with rubber soles provide better traction on ice and snow than shoes with leather soles or high heels

  • Use railings where you can

  • Take small steps to keep your center of balance under you

  • Avoid carrying lots of heavy shopping bags, especially on stairs

  • Walk slowly and never run on icy surfaces

  • Keep both hands free for balance, instead of in your pockets

  • Always be aware of your surroundings – some places will stay icy longer than others, such as places that don’t get sun

  • Be especially careful when entering and exiting vehicles – and hold on to the car for support

  • Keep paths free of debris, water, ice and snow

  • Be sure to use floor mats when entering a building to remove moisture from the soles of your shoes – this will help protect you, as well as others following, from having to walk on wet or slippery surfaces

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Josh Widdicombe has shared a tip for keeping your gloves dry when playing in the snow.  (Getty Images)

Josh Widdicombe has shared a tip for keeping your gloves dry when playing in the snow. (Getty Images)

The socks over the toes aren’t the only cold weather hack people have been sharing lately. Comedians Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe have also discussed a tip for keeping your hands dry while having a snowball fight.

In the latest episode of the Parenting Hell podcast, Widdicombe reveals an ingenious hack to keep gloves dry in snowy conditions.

“So what I used to do, to keep my gloves dry, Rob, was go gloves and then over the top Marigolds – as a kid, not as an adult,” he says. “Because then you have waterproof gloves.”

Of course, going out with dish gloves can affect your style, but in these cold times, when there are snowmen to build and snowball fights to be won, wet gloves are not good for anyone. So cheers for the tip, Widdicombe!

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