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.