Flash Freezing Dangers

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska could have some rough days ahead with some winter weather on its way. But if you don’t take the proper precautions, you could end up with a few rough months in a cast or worse.

One of the big concerns this week is the potential for “flash freezing.” Flash freezing occurs when water, slush or snow is hit by a sudden blast of very cold air... creating ice and very slippery conditions. And if the state gets any snow on top of that, it will be very difficult to tell what you're walking or driving on.

This is particularly dangerous for people over the age of 65. According to the CDC, every year 2.8 million people over the age of 65 go to emergency rooms due to falls. Dr. Suzette Clarke with CHI Health St. Elizabeth said the main concern with falls for the elderly is a hip injury while the rest of the population deals with a lot of arm fractures.

Dr. Clarke said it’s best just to stay inside and avoid the ice. However, if you can’t avoid it, there are some things you can do to prevent a fall. Dr. Clarke says you should take wide steps, opening and bending your legs a bit so your body has more support. You should also keep your feet as flat as possible, which allows for more traction and stability on slippery surfaces.