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Avoid Slipping on Ice This Winter
5 Steps to Avoid Slipping on Ice
A high percentage of slips occur in parking lots. 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
Black Ice forms when wet pavement freezes. Black ice appears to just be a wet surface, but in reality is solid ice.
Use your arms
Your arms are a great way 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
Once you get to your destination, look around for a safe place to park free of ice and snow if possible and be careful getting out of your car. You may be on top of a patch of ice.
Use handrails whenever possible
Make sure to use the handrails because the floors and stairs will be wet from melted snow. Make sure you clean your feet on rugs or mats as the first few steps inside a building are the most dangerous.