Keep Hands Out of Pockets In Snow - HSE

The Department of Health and Children are warning pedestrians to be extra vigilant while out walking in the wintry conditions, offering advise such as keeping your hands out of your pockets.

The Department, along with the HSE, said today that the risk of slips and falls on icy footpaths is likely to continue in the days ahead and that ice and snow is likely to lead to an increase in the number of people requiring treatment with sprains and fractures as a result of slips and falls on icy roads and footpaths.

"The HSE is advising the public to reduce the risk by wearing non-slip shoes or boots, walking slowly and keeping your hands out of your pockets to help protect you in the case of a slip or fall."

The department also reminded people to be extra vigilant during the current cold spell and to check on vulnerable people who could be at risk.

"Cold weather can be a problem for anyone," a spokesman said, "especially older people, children, people with a disability and those with long-term illness".

"The HSE is reminding people that the elderly and vulnerable may need additional support during this adverse weather. People should pay a visit to elderly neighbours to ensure that they have adequate food, heating and prescription medicines."

The majority of health services around the country are operating as normal despite the adverse weather conditions.

This morning, Met Eireann said further snow showers were affecting many parts of Leinster, as well as east Munster, with up to three and eight centimetres of snowfall. Ground frost is expected to persist in places by day and will be sharp or severe at night, giving icy patches on untreated surfaces.

Meanwhile, road conditions in Dublin have deteriorated since yesterday morning. There are reports of particularly treacherous conditions on the N11 Stillorgan Rd from Morehampton Road all the way out to Foxrock. The road has been treated but motorists are still advised to take extra care.

The Grand Canal between Harold's Cross Road and Grove Rd is also said to be particularly hazardous. Traffic around Terenure is extremely heavy due to poor conditions and motorists are advised to avoid Terenure Rd West between the KCR and Terenure Village.


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