CHICAGO (CBS) — One of the things you’re likely to have to deal with on Thursday is slippery conditions.

Here is some simple advice that could help you avoid a trip to the emergency room.

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“Slow down and wear the proper kind of shoes,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Fernandez of Rush University Medical Center.

Another suggestion–so you don’t wind up having to visit him or any other doctor because of a fall onto icy sidewalks–don’t try to save what’s in your hands if you feel yourself going down.

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That way you can try to fall forward and let both hands bear the impact

“In some cases you almost want to be prepared, thinking ahead of time, ‘If I’m going to start slipping, I’m going to drop it on purpose,’ said Fernandez.

“Let that Starbucks go. Let the book bag fall on the ground. It’s not that big of a deal.”

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If you do injure a hand or wrist in a fall, Dr. Fernandez says to expect about a six-week recovery period.