More Helpful Winter Weather Tips!
Welcome to Snow Day Part Three! Many of us are not used to this weather. It was brought to my attention that a reminder about protecting yourself against falls on sidewalks, etc would be beneficial.
Please review these and be careful under our weather warms up.
A high percentage of these occur in parking lots. Obviously, during the winter months it is not uncommon for there to be snow and ice on parking lots, driveways, sidewalks or other walking surfaces. So, here are a few tips to help you avoid injury when walking on these slippery surfaces.
- Wear boots or slip-resistant shoes. Walk slowly and watch the placement of your feet.
- Watch out for black ice which forms when wet pavement freezes. Black ice appears to just be a wet surface, but in reality is solid ice.
- Use your arms to keep yourself stable and balanced when walking on ice. (Think: walk like a penguin!) Don’t carry a lot of items with you; instead use a backpack if you can.
- Be mindful of where you park and be careful getting out of your car. You may be on top of a patch of ice.
- Use handrails whenever possible and watch the floors as you enter a building. Make sure you clean your feet on rugs or mats as the first few steps inside a building are the most dangerous.
I hope everyone is doing well!
Liz Geary – Community Manager