By Mike Schuh

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It’s been an interesting morning for folks as they try to keep their footing. One expert says it’s been a busy few days at emergency rooms in our area.

Mike Schuh has the latest on the dangers of black ice.

It came down in a hurry. Much of it melted in a hurry, too.

But not all of it, and then the temps dropped, and the melt froze in place.

So Wednesday morning, sidewalks glazed over and some of the ice was hard to see.

Elana Sabbi was prepared because of what she found Tuesday.

“Well, yesterday evening was quite slippery when we came out to play in the snow so we were concerned about that,” Sabbi said.

Outside of a nursery school in Hampden, sand spread on the sidewalks gave comfort to hurried parents.

“I did have a little bit of that out to the car, a little slip actually, but it’s not too bad,” said Erin Bolton, parent.

This weather has brought patients to emergency rooms at GBMC.

Dr. Randolph Capone fixes what happens after a slip and fall.

“When the cold weather comes and there’s slick, black ice that you can’t really see, we see an increase in the number of visits to the emergency room because of falling,” said Capone, GBMC plastic surgeon.

And he says our bodies are well suited to survive such a fall.

“The facial bones are the airbags for the brain and for the eye, and they’re designed to be very thin because they collapse. They’re like the bumper on your car to absorb the impact, which can be considerable,” Capone said.

None of the emergency rooms we contacted had specific numbers other than to say as long as the sidewalks remain icy, the patients will continue to arrive.

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