Watch Out for Slippery Surfaces
2018 is almost here, do not take a chance and start the New Year injured or worse. It is important that everyone recognize the hazards of slippery surfaces. Here are helpful hints from safety experts that will reduce the risk of falling when slippery conditions exist:
- Wear boots or overshoes with soles. Avoid walking in shoes that have smooth surfaces, which increase the risk of slipping.
- Walk consciously. Be alert to your walking path. You could quickly slip on an unseen pool of liquid on the floor or patch of ice on the walkway or pavement.
- Walk cautiously. Your arms help keep you balanced, so keep hands out of pockets and avoid carrying heavy loads that may cause you to become off balance.
- Walk "small." Avoid an erect, marching posture. Look to see ahead of where you step. When you step on icy or snow covered areas, take short, shuffling steps, curl your toes under and walk as flatfooted as possible.
- Remove snow immediately before it becomes packed or turns to ice. Keep your porch stoops, steps, walks and driveways free of ice by frequently applying ice melt granules.
Remember, keep your mind on task and eyes on path.
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