Do you know what’s great about winter in Canada? There’s gorgeous scenery, the best sports are finally available and your backyard becomes a giant refrigerator.

Do you know what’s horrible about winter in Canada? Ice. Everywhere.

Slips on ice caused nearly 9,000 hospitalizations in Canada in 2016-2017. It was the number one cause of winter injuries according to the latest stats from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

When you slip on ice, the ‘best’ outcome is a bit of bruising to your body and your ego.

In 2017, the most common hospital stays from slipping on ice, according to CIHI were:

  • Hip fracture (32,000)
  • Lower leg fracture including ankle (16,135)
  • Head injuries (13,997)

To top it off, the average length of a hospital stay after a fall in 2017 was 14.3 days.

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4 tips for staying upright this winter:

1. Learn to shuffle

In an interview with CBC Montreal, David Pearsall, associate professor in McGill’s kinesiology and physical education department, suggested shuffling across the ice.

“The problem with the ice is the low coefficient of friction,” Pearsall said. “So if you land on your heel, it’s just going to slip right out from you.”

He suggested you should push your feet along the ice instead of picking them up to avoid being off balance.

2. Look for the three snowflakes

iDAPT, the research team at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, launched Rate My Treads. It’s a website that rates the winter grip of footwear between one and three snowflakes.

A boot with a three snowflake rating has passed its Maximum Achievable Angle at a 15-degree angle. This means that it will give you good traction on icy sidewalks.

3. Use a walking stick

A walking stick can help keep your balance and some even have ice pick attachments to make it easier to stab the ice.

4. Get a grip

If your time is money then shuffling along the road or using a walking stick to get where you’re going is not practical. Boot traction alone is not reliable for grip.

“What about crampons?” you ask.

Crampons are fine in the backcountry but they take time to put on. You also have to remove them before driving a vehicle or entering a building. This means that compliance is going to take a hit.

You might as well carry salt in your pockets and sprinkle it in front of you from November to April.

Or, you can get a pair of Geroline’s K1 Ice Cleats and walk with confidence.

geroline ice cleats

What we love about Geroline’s K1 Series:

Durability

  • TR rubber is durable and flexible in subzero temperature.
  • Provides an anti-slip solution with traction control to avoid slips, falls and costly injuries.
  • Intrinsic safe versions prevent sparking and static build-up in volatile environments like oil & gas, chemical, and mining.

Design

  • Ice-penetrating studs are available in different lengths depending on boot style — original, high and low profile.
  • Universal fit.
  • Easily adjustable strap.
  • Available in hi-vis version.

Convenience

  • Easy to attach and remove.
  • Can use while driving.
  • Designed so you can rotate studs to top of footwear. This lets you go indoors without removing ice cleats.

Makes the workplace safer

  • Reduces slips and falls on icy surfaces.
  • Reduces lost-time injuries.
  • Increases productivity.
  • Easy-to-use function drives compliance.

 

Who K1 ice cleats are perfect for:

You can use K1 ice cleats anywhere that slipping on ice is a concern. If you work in unpredictable conditions, on uneven surfaces or unmaintained areas, then ice cleats are perfect for you.

K1 ice cleats benefit these industries:

  • Oil & gas
  • Mining
  • EMS personnel
  • Forestry and logging
  • Municipalities
  • Firefighters

 

The Original K1 Series Midsole Ice Cleat

geroline Original K1 Series Midsole Ice Cleat

  • The most popular style, the original is ideal for traditional defined-heel work boots.
  • Durable tungsten carbide studs.
  • 14.8mm cleat height.
  • Hi-vis orange strap.

The K1 Midsole Ice Cleat also comes in an intrinsic version that is perfect for oil and gas, chemical, wastewater and agricultural applications.

The Low-Profile K1 Series Midsole Ice Cleat

geroline Low-Profile K1 Series Midsole Ice Cleat

  • Shorter studs ideal for hiker style or tactical boots.
  • Durable tungsten carbide studs.
  • 11.6mm cleat height.
  • Hi-vis orange strap.

 
geroline High-Profile K1 Series Midsole Ice Cleat

The High-Profile K1 Series Midsole Ice Cleat

  • Extra-long studs ideal for extra-deep treads like lineman and logger boots.
  • Durable tungsten carbide studs.
  • 17.8mm cleat height.
  • Hi-vis orange strap.

The K1 Ice Cleat also comes in a heelstop version, which is perfect for workers who have multiple styles of footwear.

Leslie Molin

Market Segment Manager - Personal Safety

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