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Icy Sidewalks Pose Threat to Pedestrians

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YAKIMA--Frigid temperatures are back after a relatively warm Friday in Yakima, freezing the slush and snow on the sidewalks.

The icy sidewalks keep emergency personnel busy dealing with injuries, but Yakima firefighters say many of these injuries can be avoided.

Kory Simmons is on the Yakima Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team.  He said crews at the Yakima Airport substation alone help two or three people hurt on the ice each day.

Usually the elderly are the ones who slip and fall.  Simmons has not seen any serious injuries so far this winter, just bumps, bruises, and some broken bones.

He adds that everyone should try to clear the sidewalks before ice can form.

"[People] need to make sure they keep their sidewalks shoveled and use ice melt or some kind of deicer so they keep their walkways clear," Simmons said.  "Be really careful if it's slippery out there.  Don't make unnecessary trips outside."

Simmons expects icy sidewalks will be a concern for the next few months until the snow permanently melts.  

If you're go someplace where the sidewalks haven't been cleared, you might want to get ice cleats.

They're like tire chains for your shoes.   They help you keep your balance on slippery surfaces.