Preventing Slips on Snow and Ice
The following precautions will help reduce the likelihood of injuries:
Select proper footwear. No single shoe sole material is perfect under all conditions, however, footwear with rubber soles provide better traction on ice and snow than leather or plastic.
Use walkways that have been salted or shoveled.
Take short steps to maintain your center of balance over your feet.
Walk at a slower pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction.
Many injuries occur when entering or exiting a vehicle. Be particularly careful and hold onto your vehicle to help support yourself.
Watch for slippery floors when you enter any building or home.
Try to avoid carrying items, or walking with your hands in your pockets; this can reduce your ability to catch yourself if you lose your balance. Instead, carry a backpack if possible.
Remember: Ice and snow mean “take it slow!”