Waddling like a penguin may help you stay safe on the ice

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MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - With the cold temperatures and dangers of refreezing, the possibility of falling on the ice is very real.

To protect yourself, fire officials recommend walking like a penguin. They said waddling increases your center of gravity, so spread your feet out slightly and take small steps.

FOX 45 spoke with the Vandalia Fire Department, who said they're getting one or two calls a day for weather related slips and falls.

"The other thing is to keep your hands out," Kimberly Hannahan with the department said, "because hands help with balance. Granted if you're going to fall, you want to do the tuck and roll, but keeping your hands out is going to help with your balance and center of gravity."

Kettering Hospital said they have had around half a dozen patients admitted for falling on ice in the past week, and Miami Valley Hospital has had one.