Avoiding winter falls

Winter weather creates unique hazards that can contribute to falls and injuries.  When frost, ice, or snow make sidewalks and parking lots slick remember:

  • Even when treated, walking surfaces can remain slick.
  • ALL wet, dark areas on walking surfaces can be black ice. 
  • A light dusting of snow can hide ice. 
  • Keep hands empty and out of pockets, use arms for stabilization. 
  • Wear gloves in case you need to break a fall.
  • Don’t let scarf or hat impair your vision. 
  • Wear boots or other slip-resistant footwear.
  • Don’t text and walk at the same time.
  • Use a backpack if needed.
  • Bend your knees slightly, keep feet flat, and take slower, shorter steps 
  • Watch for slippery floors when entering buildings.

By staying alert and following a few tips, we can stay safe and avoid injury when walking outside on snow and ice.