Just one bad fall on ice can have long-term consequences. Pay attention to the weather and stay inside to avoid icy hazards when you can. When you do venture out, walking in winter requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling.
No matter how well the snow and ice are cleared from parking lots or sidewalks, customers and employees may still encounter some slippery surfaces. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers.
- Walk like a penguin. The waddle keeps your center of gravity over your front leg and will help keep you upright. Spread your feet out slightly, to increase your center of gravity, and take small steps.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets while walking — that decreases your center of gravity and balance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You need your arms for balance.
- Wear shoes and boots with good traction.
- Walk at a slower pace.
- Stay on designated walkways.
- Use the handrail when using stairs and entering and exiting buildings.
- Use special care when exiting and entering vehicles. Use the vehicle for support.