NEMG Safety Corner - Tips for winter safety

Follow these simple tips to help avoid a slip/fall injury when walking on ice and snow.

  • Walk slowly and deliberately. Take shorter, slower steps, keeping the feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Avoid turning sharply when you walk on a slippery surface.
  • Hold onto the railing when using outdoor stairways.
  • Choose the right shoe:
    • Wear flat or low heel leather or plastic soled boots or other slip-resistant footwear.
    • Tread design that can improve the traction between the walking surface and the sole, especially if the surface may be slippery. The depth and spread of the treads are important since too closely-patterned treads or treads with minimal depth will not allow liquids to be dispersed from the tread pattern and may create a potential hydroplaning effect between the sole and the walking surface.
    • It’s important to periodically inspect shoe tread for wear and replace shoes when significant wear is noted.
  • Be prepared for black ice formation after melting occurs.
  • Exercise caution when getting in and out of vehicles.
  • Watch for slippery floors when entering buildings or parking structures.
  • Walk on cleared or sanded sidewalks.
  • Take the shuttle bus instead of walking especially if the sidewalks have not been cleared or treated.
  • Avoid carrying items, keep hands empty so arms are free to move for stabilization – use backpacks if possible.