Slipping is serious business; falls on ice have lead to 16,910 trips to the emergency room every year. The Environmental Health and Safety Office offers these tips to help keep you safe this winter.
Low, Slow, and Out! Stay low, walk slowly, point your toes outward, and extend your arms outward for balance over slippery surfaces.
Approach Dark or Icy Areas With Caution. Walkways and parking lots may be cleared of ice and snow, but cold and wet conditions can keep them slippery.
Choose Appropriate Footwear. Grooved or rubber soles with ankle support provide increased stability in snowy or icy conditions.
Be Wary of Your Surroundings. Heavy snow and icicles can fall from roofs and trees above your walking path.
Indoor Surfaces Can Be Just as Hazardous! When entering a building, remove as much snow and ice from footwear as melting snow makes wet, slippery floors.
If You Fall, try to land on your side or buttocks. Those areas of the body can withstand impact better than knees, wrists, or the spine.
Recognize Vehicles on Ice. Though they may see you, drivers may underestimate the distance needed to stop in icy conditions. Avoid walking in the street and cross only at designated areas.
Prevent Frost Nip and Frostbite by wearing multiple, insulating layers instead of a single heavy one.
Wear Additional Layers Safely. Too many or poorly arranged clothing layers may impede vision and hearing, increasing your risk of falls and contact with vehicles. Wearing bright clothing such as a colorful scarf can help drivers see you better.
Need snow or ice removal on a campus property?
Dial 5-SNOW or 312-355-SNOW from any campus phone.