The ‘Pysy pystyssä' campaign reminds you that you can be prepared for slippery winter conditions by wearing studded shoes or anti-slip guards, which will undoubtedly help you stay upright.
Photo: Nina Mönkkönen
Slippery winter conditions cause a great deal of slipping accidents in Finland. The best ways to prevent accidents are to concentrate on walking, avoid hurrying and, above all, wearing anti-slip guards or footwear appropriate for the weather conditions. Studded shoes, for example, provide a good grip even in the toughest weather conditions, such as on icy surfaces when the temperature fluctuates below and above zero.
However, approximately one in three (35%) working-age respondents in a recent survey by the Finnish Road Safety Council considers studded shoes or anti-slip guards too difficult to use when commuting, even if the conditions are very slippery. In fact, more than two in five (44%) respondents admitted that they never wear anti-slip guards or studded or high-traction shoes when walking in slippery winter conditions. Approximately one in three (32%) reported using one of these aids at least most of the time.
"It is quite human that many people find it difficult to use anti-slip guards and studded shoes. It does add one more thing to busy mornings. However, people of working age experience a lot of slipping and falling accidents, and usually you do not see the accident coming. Therefore, it is worth considering whether it would be better to be prepared for slippery conditions in advance than to regret it afterwards," says Eero Kalmakoski, Contact Manager for the Finnish Road Safety Council.
Slipping and falling accidents can easily have unpleasant and long-lasting consequences. For example, it takes a long time for a fractured wrist to recover. A recent doctoral dissertation from the University of Oulu demonstrated that in slippery winter conditions the risk of wrist fracture was 2.5 times higher than in non-winter conditions.
"We are all probably familiar with the feeling of trying to stay upright with tense muscles on a slippery pavement. Thus, using studded shoes or anti-slip guards also prevents tight muscles – not to mention the more relaxed walking. Try them and give yourself a good new habit," Kalmakoski encourages.
The ‘Pysy pystyssä' campaign has compiled a comprehensive table of different anti-slip and footwear options for slippery winter conditions. You can use the table to easily find out which product is best suited for you to prevent slipping and falling accidents.
"The table shows, among other things, the purpose, benefits, things to consider and price range for each option. The most important thing is that you choose the shoe or anti-slip guard for your own specific needs to maximise the benefits," explains Campaign Chair Kaarina Tamminiemi.
Today's range of anti-slip products is very wide, so there is a suitable option for everyone and all ages. See the table and related report here (In Finnish).
General information about the campaign
Campaign Chair Kaarina Tamminiemi, tel. +358 (0)40 577 4614, email@example.com
On preventing slipping accidents and survey results
Contact Manager Eero Kalmakoski, the Finnish Road Safety Council, tel. +358 (0)20 7282 380, firstname.lastname@example.org
On weather warning for pedestrians
Senior Meteorologist Sari Hartonen, Finnish Meteorological Institute, tel. +358 (0)29 539 3444, email@example.com
The ‘Pysy pystyssä' anti-slipping campaign (in Finnish): pysypystyssä.fi
Warnings (including weather warning for pedestrians): en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/warnings
Your observations: en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/my-observations
The ‘Pysy pystyssä' campaign promotes pedestrian safety in the winter. The campaign can be heard on the radio and seen on TV (Yle) and social media 13–26 January 2020. Follow: #pysypystyssä and @kotitapaturma.
Aivovammaliitto, EHYT Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Network for Preventive Substance Abuse Work, Finance Finland, City of Helsinki, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities, Finnish Road Safety Council, LähiTapiola, National Defence Training Association of Finland (MPK), Nikander ja Wiinikka Oy, Partioaitta, Sarva studded shoes, Finnish Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Finnish National Rescue Association, Finnish Red Cross, SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health, Finnish Swimming Teaching and Lifesaving Federation, Taitavat Suutarit ry, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) and Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. The Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA) also supports the campaign.