Injuries rise as snow falls in Coventry

Not good weather for ducks ... snow in Swanswell Park

February 3, 2009

It may look pretty but snow has led to a rise in injuries in Coventry, figures reveal.

West Midlands Ambulance Service say falls and slips usually account for about 10 per cent of calls across the city.

But between 7am and 7pm on Monday (February 2) this almost doubled to 19 per cent.

Of the 186 calls made to the Service across Coventry and Warwickshire 35 were fall related.

Rob Ashford, Service chief operating officer, said: “Yesterday we had a steady stream of people who had slipped and hurt themselves.

“In some cases it was as simple as an elderly people going out to retrieve their morning milk that became a victim of the wintry weather - some had slipped, fallen and broken the likes of a wrist or an arm.

“In other cases it was people who were out walking who missed their footing and fell injuring themselves.”

Above: Boats at the canal basin. Below right: Coventry Canal Basin at dusk

Mr Ashford said although it had stopped snowing falling injuries remained possible.

He said: “With the heavy frost overnight and the snow still lying, it is absolutely vital that people right across the region help themselves and the ambulance service by being careful.

“Although the majority of the main roads are clear, many side roads and paths will not be. Rush hour could be quite tricky in a number of places.

“Once again we would appeal for the public to heed the warnings about driving safely and taking care if you are on foot.

“We would also appeal for people to be aware of those who are elderly, frail or in some way vulnerable to this type of weather condition whether they are friends, neighbours or relatives.

“Why not show some community spirit and ensure that these people do not have to go out by getting in any supplies they might need.

He added: “For the second day running a large number of our staff have been kind enough to give up their day off to assist.”

Met office spokesman Sarah Holland said: “Overnight Wednesday to Thursday there’s the potential of temperatures dropping to -2C and it’s not going to get much better on Thursday day.

“There is also the potential for more snow on Thursday although it will probably focus on higher ground.”
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