Slips, Trip and Falls – Winter Safety Tips
Today let’s look at walking outside when it’s cold and snowy or icy.
Here are some tips:
- 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 ice or snow take short steps and walk at a slower pace
- Bending your knees a little and taking slower and shorter steps increases traction
- Look out for “black ice”. Dew, fog or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces
- Carrying heavy items can challenge your sense of balance
- If you fall backward, make a conscious effort to tuck your chin so your head doesn’t strike the ground with full force
- 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
- Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles.