Tips for Walking in Ice and Snow

January 2019 Safety Topic

January 1, 2019
A woman with a red umbrella walking along a snow-covered sidewalk

When it comes to winter travel, ice and snow driving seems to get all of the attention, but just getting from place to place by walking in winter weather can be treacherous.

Here are some tips for walking in winter weather:

  • Wear proper footwear: Wear shoes with heavy treading and a flat bottom that place the entire foot on the surface of the ground.
  • Wear things that help you see and be seen: Wear sunglasses so you can see. Also, bright and reflective clothing help you be seen by drivers.
  • Plan ahead: Walk carefully on icy sidewalks and parking lots. Look up to see where the next icy spots are and be aware of any vehicles near you.
  • Listen: Avoid listening to music or talking on the phone while walking in icy or snowy conditions. You need to be able to hear approaching traffic or other noises.
  • Anticipate ice: What appears to be wet pavement may be black ice, so approach it with caution. Ice will often appear in the mornings, so be more aware in the early hours.
  • Take steps slowly: When walking down steps, take them slowly and deliberately. Plant your feet securely on each step and be sure to have a firm grip on the handrail.
  • Enter buildings slowly: The floors of buildings may be covered in melted snow and ice, so check the entrance and try to step on any rugs in the doorways.
  • Avoid shortcuts: A shortcut path may be dangerous because it is less likely that snow and ice removal occurred.

Walking in the wintery weather of snow and ice can cause a slip, trip, or fall. Remember the tips above to help you get to your destination safely and keep you on your feet this winter.

For more information or questions about walking in ice and snow, please speak with your supervisor or contact a member of the Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance team.