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Walking on Sunshine (in the Ice and Snow)

11/26/13 at 08:45 AM | Published Under News by Dana Johnson

Winter storms come and go, but what remains in the aftermath is ice and snow that has yet to melt. It can be extremely tricky to maneuver, so here are some tips for walking in ice or snow. 

  • Plan ahead. While walking on snow or ice on sidewalks or in parking lots, walk consciously. Instead of looking down, look up and see where your feet will move next to anticipate ice or an uneven surface.
  • Anticipate ice. Be wary of thin sheets of ice that may appear as wet pavement (black ice). Often ice will appear in the morning, in shady spots or where the sun shines during the day and melted snow refreezes at night.
  • Walk steps slowly. When walking down steps, be sure to grip handrails firmly and plant your feet securely on each step.
  • Enter a building carefully. When you get to your destination such as school, work, shopping center, etc., be sure to look at the floor as you enter the building. The floor may be wet with melted snow and ice.
  • Be careful when you shift your weight. When stepping off a curb or getting into a car, be careful since shifting your weight may cause an imbalance and result in a fall.

Walking in the Snow