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Injuries Add Up in Yakima from Slippery Surfaces

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YAKIMA, Wash - Walking, it is normally not a problem, but when the snow starts to melt it can get a little dicey.

First aid crews say the snow could melt in one area on a sidewalk or parking lot, making it seem like it is not slippery.  Then the very next step a person could fall. 

Staff at Yakima Memorial Hospital say their emergency room saw one of the busier days of the year Tuesday.  All day they were treating broken wrists and hip injuries.  The Yakima Fire Department had a similar day.

"You lose your footing and and unfortunately it fractures bones and we had a large increase, in fact we have had a couple of those today already," says Captain Rod Vetsch of the Yakima Fire Department.

Crews double their responses to these kind of incidents snowy days.  Firefighters even got a call where a fall resulted in a neck injury.  They know people are cold and want to get places in a hurry, but say to slow down and be very careful when walking on the slushy sidewalks.