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Ice causing more slip-and-fall accidents in Grayson County

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GRAYSON COUNTY -- Ice is keeping sidewalks slick in Texoma and as a result, some doctors say they're treating more patients for broken bones.

Driving on highways in Texoma may be getting easier but staying upright on sidewalks is still tough.

In fact, emergency room doctors at Texoma Medical Center say patients suffering slip-and-fall accidents are up.

"Probably five or six today," Dr. William Entriken said. "Fractured ankles, fractures shoulders, separated shoulders, those are the main things we're seeing right now.

During the weekend, Dr. Entriken suspects most people stayed home at the advice of emergency officials. But now cabin fever seems to be setting in.

"People get tired of being closed up in one spot and people need to get out and get outdoors," he said. "It's a natural response for people to have."

If you do fall, Dr. Entriken recommends trying not to extend your arms to break your fall. He says that's when arms and wrists can easily break. He says broken bones can take between six and eight weeks to heal.

"Slip and fall is an issue right now," Grayson County Office of Emergency Management Director Sarah Somers said.

Somers says while major roadways are becoming safer to drive on, smaller secondary roads are still just as slick. That can mean even more relief for drivers once they arrive at their destination and cause them to be less alert once they get out of their vehicles.

If you do go out, doctors say you shouldn't wear high heels.

Instead, they say choose a shoe with a rubber sole or slip on ice cleats to the bottom of your shoes.

But the best advice, kick back and put your feet up at home so you don't slip out from under you in public.