With a few simple, sensible precautions you can avoid the fate of the penguin...
- Wear sensible, grippy shoes or boots.
- Keep your feet warm with thermal (or extra) socks - cold, numb feet are less able to sense the surface.
- Wrap up, but make sure you can still move freely!
- Wear gloves and keep your hands out of your pockets - you need them to balance.
- Stick to gritted paths - but remember that there might still be slippery bits and watch out for shady areas that may still be icy. Fluffy, powdery snow is generally less slippery than the compacted stuff.
- If you do take a tumble, try to relax and roll - keep your hands and arms tucked in as a FOOSH ('fall on outstretched hand') is the easiest way to injure your hands, wrists and arms.
- Too cold to venture out? - wrap up warm, and march on the spot for a minute or so before heading out - that way you'll warm your body up before you face the elements.
- Fed up with the cold? Find some snow and lob a few snowballs - it'll make you smile. Also, think of all the bugs and germs that are being killed off by the cold snap...
Now, how about another look at that penguin...