Highlands & Islands

Buy ice grippers, say Highland Council and NHS Highland

Footprints in snow
Image caption Two public bodies have encouraged people to buy snow and ice grippers

People living in the Highlands have been encouraged to buy snow and ice grippers for their footwear to prevent falls on pavements this winter.

Highland Council said it had sufficient supplies of salt to treat paths, but has joined NHS Highland in putting out the message.

The health board said Raigmore Hospital in Inverness experienced a rise in fall injuries in winter months.

The organisations said appropriate footwear could reduce the risk.

Highland Council's deputy leader David Alston urged people to make themselves aware of the local authority's gritting policy and maps.

He said: As the council is doing everything that it can within its available resources, I would invite people to think about their own personal safety by considering wearing stout footwear and purchasing grippers to help prevent slips and falls on snow and ice.

"These are commonly available in outdoor shops, other retail outlets and online."

Richard Bennie, service manager for Raigmore's emergency department, said: "We would encourage people to monitor local weather reports and take the necessary safety precautions such as having a supply of salt at home and regularly apply to pathways and drives.

"We would also ask that you take extra care when walking in public highways and dress appropriately for the weather conditions, including wearing appropriate footwear."

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