No-slip Tips For Walking On Ice
No-slip tips for walking on ice
It’s time to face the facts: winter is coming. That means cold temperatures, frosty windows, frigid wind, snowy days and ice. Ice is fantastic when it keeps your drink cold, and it’s a lot of fun when you’re skating around. However, ice can become a scary enemy when it causes dangerous slips and falls. Ice is especially hazardous because you won’t always see it coming. Black ice and ice buried under snow create tricky situations for cars and pedestrians. At Quality Water, we want you to prepare for the worst this winter. Stay safe and stay standing with these no-slip tips for safely navigating icy walkways.
The first tip applies whether you’re running next to a pool or walking on icy paths. To put it simply, you have to slow down. Water makes concrete into a slippery surface that creates a fall hazard. This is especially important to remember throughout the winter months. It can be hard to tell the difference between a puddle and a patch of ice but either way, you’ll be safer when you approach slowly and with caution. Whether you’re in a car or on foot, take your time getting through slick spots to avoid painful wipeouts.
Wear the right shoes
Wearing the right winter footwear can make or break your icy trek. Shoes with rubber soles get a lot better traction on slippery surfaces. High heels and leather shoes are known to be unforgiving in winter terrain. Don’t let your feet slide right out from under you in bad shoes. Pack a pair of nice shoes that match your outfit and always wear good winter walking shoes when you’re outside. If you’re really worried about slipping on the ice, look into traction devices that attach to your shoes for extra grip.
Take small steps
You may want to shorten your stride during the winter months. Small steps keep your balance centered, which makes you less likely to fall on the ice. Be especially alert when going up and down stairs. Don’t carry large, heavy items that can restrict your view and making walking more difficult.
If there are handrails available, use them. You’ll be a lot safer if you can use a railing or a wall for extra support when walking on slick surfaces. Consider changing your route if necessary. It’s worth walking a little extra distance to have the added safety of a solid grip on icy surfaces. It’s also smart to take walkways that are already cleared. Even if you have to spend a little extra time out in the winter air, you decrease your risk of falling by taking clear paths.
Wipe your feet
Take time to wipe your feet when entering a home or building. If you track slush and mush into a home, you can create wet, slick surfaces on the floor. Not only are these annoying if you’re walking around in socks, but they also create fall hazards.
Stay out of the street
Remember, if you’re struggling to get your footing, cars and trucks are fighting for traction too. The street may look like a clear option free of snow and ice, but it’s not safe to walk there. It’s harder to vehicles to stop in winter conditions. Avoid walking in the streets to keep you safe from traffic.