Walking on Snow and Ice
- Beware if you are carrying a heavy backpack or other load—your sense of balance will be off.
- If you must carry a load, try not to carry too much; leave your hands and arms free to balance yourself.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets. Hands in your pockets while walking decreases your center of gravity and balance. You can help break your fall with your hands free if you do start to slip.
- Watch where you are stepping and GO S-L-O-W-L-Y!! This will help your reaction time to changes in traction.
- When walking on steps Always Use the Hand Railings and plant your feet firmly on each step.
- Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; use the vehicle for support.
- Use extra care when getting in and out of vehicles; parking lots are particularly difficult to maintain between parked vehicles.
- Walk on designated walkways.
- Walk like a Penguin. Point your feet out slightly like a penguin! Spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases your center of gravity.
- Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible.
- Remove as much snow and water from your boots as you can. Water from melting ice on the floor can lead to slippery conditions.
- If you have Yak Trax or any other type of over shoe device PUT THEM ON BEFORE WALKING ON ICE AND SNOW.
- Watch out for weather changes, plan ahead, always maintain situational awareness and plan for the unexpected.
Remember, keep your mind on task and eyes on path.
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