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Freezing Rain Takes Toll on Foot and Car Traffic

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"About 50% of our calls today -- of about 25 total -- have been related to ice." -- Sherm Syverson, Executive Director of F-M Ambulance Services.

 

UPDATE

     As of one o'clock on Friday afternoon, F-M ambulances responded to a record number of falls, some of which resulted in serious injuries. Conditions are expected to worsen this evening, which could lead to more serious falls and accidents.

While walking in slippery conditions, paramedics offer tips:

  • Watch for darkened or shiny patches on sidewalks and avoid them.
  • Try to walk on snow or grass if possible – this will create more traction.
  • Walk with short and relatively quick steps while on slippery surfaces. 
  • Keep your weight leaning slightly forward.
  • Wear decent and appropriate footwear.
  • Watch where you're going.

 


ORIGINAL STORY

     West central Minnesota got hit pretty hard Friday, with freezing rains making the roads quite slick; 24 cars found their way into ditches, another 8 were involved in crashes, ... and that's not all.

Here in the Valley, the F-M Ambulance Services received a record number of calls regarding folks slipping and injuring themselves on the ice. About a dozen calls -- fortunately, none of them critical at this point -- were taken, and administration called in extra bodies to help cover the extra calls that were coming in for assistance.  They're reminding people to slow down out there, and not just in your cars, but on your own two feet, as well.

"A lot of our calls have been related to the icy conditions. In fact, about 50% of our calls today -- of about 25 total -- have been related to ice," says Sherm Syverson, Executive Director of F-M Ambulance Services.

Most of the people who fell today were doing everyday tasks like grabbing their mail, bringing the garbage can up to their home, or just walking to their car. Be careful out there, and if you can avoid the sidewalk and walk in the snow bank or grass, do so; you're going to get more traction.

F-M Ambulance Services would like to remind people that the recent weather has made roads, driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots extremely slippery and hazardous. 

 

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