Many cold-weather injuries result from falls on icy surfaces. Here are tips from emergency officials and doctors to help you stay on your feet:
• Wear shoes with slip-resistant soles, as opposed to smooth, flat surfaces.
• Keep your feet farther apart than usual for better balance – and, if it’s very slippery, your knees slightly bent – and take smaller steps, with your feet pointed slightly outward. Curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as you can.
• Turn sideways to walk down hills, but never cross one foot over the other, which leaves you with no balance.
• Use your arms for balance, but protect your dominant arm; if you must break a bone, it’s better to hurt the hand you don’t rely on for writing and other daily tasks.
» Find more health and fitness tips in Tuesday’s Today section.
So it’s hammer time, but you can’t figure out the best one to buy?
A claw hammer is the most versatile type for everyday use. One with a curved rather than a straight claw will give you more leverage in prying out nails.
John D. Wagner, a Vermont-based green building consultant and writer, recommends a 16-ounce claw hammer. For light use, such as hanging pictures, a hammer with a hickory handle is fine; for heavier use, he recommends spending more for one with an ergonomic, vibration- absorbing handle.
Wagner also recommends buying a hammer with a smooth rather than checkerboard face on the hammer head. The latter is designed for framing and can leave marks.
» Find more home and garden ideas in Sunday’s Today section.
Have a zeal for veal? Sauteed veal chops with mushrooms is a quick, classic French bistro-style dish – or, if you prefer, chicken breasts will work fine, too. For the recipe, see page C5.
» Find more recipes and restaurant news in Wednesday’s Food section.
Here’s what’s on the schedule for this week:
On CD (Tuesday)
Various artists, “2011 Grammy Nominees”
Amos Lee, “Mission Bell”
Iron & Wine, “Kiss Each Other Clean”
Wanda Jackson, “The Party Ain’t Over”
On DVD (Tuesday)
“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”
In theaters (Friday)
“The Mechanic” (action)
“The Rite” (thriller)
“Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?”: Joan Rivers and her daughter lock horns in their new L.A. home in this new reality series. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., WE)
“Supernatural”: The Winchester brothers battle a dragon as the series’ sixth season resumes. (Friday, 9 p.m., The CW)
“U.S. Figure Skating Championships”: The ladies take center stage for their free skate. (Saturday, 9 p.m., NBC)
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”: Justin Bieber makes an appearance in a special two-hour episode. (Sunday, 8 p.m., ABC)
Kodo taiko drummers: Wednesday, The Fox
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”: Spokane Civic Theatre, opens Friday
Kellie Pickler: Saturday, Northern Quest Casino
Brian Regan: Saturday, INB Performing Arts Center
Banff Mountain Film Festival: Thursday-Saturday, Panida Theater, Sandpoint
Spokane National Boat Show: Saturday-Feb. 5, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center
» Find a full arts and entertainment roundup in the Thursday and Friday Today sections.