We encourage everyone to ‘Walk like a Penguin’ in slippery conditions. Keep your center of gravity over your front leg, with your arms free and out to the side (just like a penguin). Walk slowly and deliberately, taking short steps, not large ones. Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart, so you can react quickly to a change in traction when walking on an icy or snow covered walkway.
Additional tips for wintertime safety:
•Start by keeping your own property safe. Be sure to shovel the driveways, walkways, and sidewalks.
•Wear boots or other slip-resistant footwear with good rubber treads.
•Watch the pathway, and if unsure, explore the area with your toe to see how slippery it is before you put your full weight on the area.
•Use caution getting in and out of your vehicle.
•Although your hands may be cold, don’t put them in your pockets when you are walking. If you slip you need your arms to help restore balance, and catch yourself as you fall.
•Keep your hands empty and avoid carrying several things while walking on ice or snow as much as possible.
•If you have things that need to be carried in, drive right up to the door, drop off your things, and then go park your car.
•Do not talk on the phone or text when walking on icy/snowy areas; pay attention to where you are going.
•When possible, use handrails when walking up any stairs that may be wet or slippery.
Slow down and never run.