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Stupid question, but how do you walk safely on ice?

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strap a couple of tennis raquets to the bottom of your shoes :hihi::hihi::hihi:

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crampons or heavy socks over your boots. Ice-skates for extreme icing.

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Put some old socks over your shoes, it get's a grip

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There's no such thing as a stupid question!

However I don't think there's such a thing as safe ice walking over a solid surface unless you've got crampons!

As for walking on ice over water...........................Just forget it! toooooo dangerous!

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crampons or heavy socks over your boots. Ice-skates for extreme icing.
My bold

 

I've always found that the best anti-slip device, but I appear to have lost my stash of ratty old socks, so I suppose I'll end up slip-sliding away when I take the dogs out tomorrow!!! :hihi:

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IMO the best way is to buy a set of spikes which are on overshoes. Mine were made by Get a Grip, but you can also get similar sorts of things by Yaktrax and from websites such as Blacktoe.

 

They're basically very tough rubber extra soles which clip onto your shoes and have short tungsten carbide spikes on the bottom. They punch holes in vinyl floor and scratch wooden flooring, but they really do stop you from slipping over and they cost less than £15, which I consider to be a fabulous price to prevent me from ending up in hospital or spend months unable to walk properly after falling over. I'm still recovering from the last fall (and that one wasn't even ice related!).

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Lean slightly* forward, not back, when walking downhill. If you are already leaning back, if your feet slip forwards, arse and pavement get acquainted quickly.

 

*slightly being the key word, too far and you'll just "accelerate" downhill

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