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Safety Nugget Week of January 11 - Winter Slips, Trips and Falls< Back to Blog

Jan 18, 2016
By: J. Redden
Categories: Safety
The weather has been pretty mild this winter.  Some days feel as though we should already be transitioning to spring.  Looking at the calendar reminds us that winter just started. In anticipation that winter weather is still a possibility, here are some tips from the website Safety Toolbox Topics for walking on snow and ice:
 
  • Plan ahead and give yourself sufficient time.
  • When walking on steps, always use the hand railings and plant your feet firmly on each step.
  • When walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway, take short steps and walk at a slower pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction.
  • Streets and sidewalks that have been cleared of snow and ice should still be approached with caution.  Look out for “black ice.” Dew, fog or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces and form an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can look like a wet spot on the pavement.  It often shows up early in the morning or in areas that are shaded from the sun.
  • Carrying heavy items can challenge your sense of balance.  Try not to carry too much – you need to leave your hands and arms free to better balance yourself.
  • When entering a building, remove as much snow and water from your boots as you can.  Take notice that floors and stairs may be wet and slippery – walk with care.
  • Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles – use the vehicle for support.
 
Being mindful of slip, trip and fall hazards, with or without hazardous weather, can help decrease these types of incidents.

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