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To stay safe on snow or ice, walk like a penguin

To stay safe on snow or ice, walk like a penguin
February 5, 2021 Mark Malone

To stay safe on snow or ice, walk like a penguin

Walk like a penguin.

Sounds funny right? But think about it — Penguins are seasoned veterans walking on snow and ice and maybe we could learned something from them.

Winter weather can be beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. Just like adjusting to driving on the snow and ice, we need to remember how to walk on the snow and ice. Slips and falls happen when we try to walk the same as if the pavement is clear and dry.

Tips to remember:

  • Wear shoes/boots that have good traction – Avoid shoes with smooth soles. Consider carrying your work shoes with you while wearing your boots.
  • Walk with a broad base – Short steps with your feet pointed outward to decrease the chance of slipping and falling. Walk flat footed not heel toe — think Penguin.
  • Slow down – Walk slowly to help identify slippery spots. Be alert to hazards.
  • Avoid distractions – Stay off cell phones while trying to walk on slippery areas.
  • Hands free – Keep hands out of pockets to help balance yourself.
  • Use floor mats – When entering a building, remember to use the floor mat to stomp the snow and ice off your shoes to prevent creating a slippery spot.
  • Get your footing first – When stepping out of a vehicle, step down lightly initially to access the area then step straight down flat footed. Use the vehicle door to help balance yourself.

So what happens if you have done all the safety tips and you still feel yourself start to fall? Try to twist or roll on your side to help spread the impact of the fall and not just have the impact of the force of your fall on one body area increasing the chances for injury.

Plan Ahead-Pay Attention-Slow Down for a safe winter season!