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Time to buy new winter boots?

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Everyone who lives in an area where wintertime brings snow or ice should have a good pair of winter boots to help them stay safe.

The environmental, health and safety department at West Virginia University says that when you’re shopping for winter footwear, you should focus on three key characteristics: tread, lining and size/fit.
Tread – Look for shoes with rubber soles. This will help you stay upright when walking on icy surfaces.
Lining – Select footwear constructed with fabric that insulates your feet to keep them warm and dry.
Size/fit – Your new boots need to be tall enough to protect your ankles and roomy enough to allow you to wear thicker socks.

Now that you’re ready to head outside, here are some tips from the university to help you safely navigate icy surfaces:

  • Keep your hands and arms free – and out of your pockets – to help you maintain your balance.
  • Angle your feet pointing outward.
  • Maintain a lower center of gravity and lean forward when walking.
  • Take short, shuffling steps (like a penguin). Slow your pace so you can quickly react if you come across a change in traction on the ground.
  • Don’t multitask – watch where you’re going.
  • Use the handrail when going up or down icy stairs, or find a safer path.

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