LAS Callouts Up As People Fall

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 102 months ago
LAS Callouts Up As People Fall

icypavement12Jan10.jpg The roads are pretty much clear but there's still ice on the pavements, which is leading to nearly twice as many fall-related calls as usual to the London Ambulance Service. First hand experience tells us hospitals are cancelling regular appointments to deal with the influx of broken bones as people go 'whoops!'. There's been no pavement gritting round us (how about where you are?), presumably because of the national salt shortage, and the thaw is taking a while to get properly going. If you're still afflicted by slippery sidewalks and you really can't justify working from home any more, here's some advice from Oklahoma on how best to deal with it. (Image / gazkinz)

Last Updated 12 January 2010


It's pretty random. On Sunday, Highbury's streets were still pretty icy and untreated but Walworth/Kennington had barely any sign of snow on the ground at all.

I practice the 'tighten your bum cheeks' approach to icy streets. I don't know if it helps but you feel braced.


the advice I heard was never to walk with your hands in your pockets, that way you can ease your fall, but if they get stuck in there you have no chance.

I saw someone wandering around on slippy ice with a baby strapped to their front and both hands deep in their jacket.. It didn't look all that sensible.

lee jackson

Yeah, you really need one on the front and back, if you're going to properly cushion your fall.


Good job that advice from Oklahoma told me to "Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes or boots outside" I'd never have thought of that myself...


Another advice from Russia. It's my first winter in London, and it's amazing how little, if at all, this city is prepared to face something that we live with every year for months at a time.


The snow may be on it's way out back to its watery state but this leaves yet another issue, a combination of sand and grit washed into small piles that resemble quick sand, making pavements worse than ice at times.

The slope onto the station at Blackfriers suffers this fate with folk attempting to hold onto the wall to steady themselves.