6 Tips for Walking Safely on Ice
If the reports are true, it’s going to be a snowy month for our friends over in the west side of Michigan. Cities like Grand Rapids and Muskegon have already been hit with a record-breaking 30 inches of snow before December. Is that an omen of things to come on the east side of the state, particular in your neck of the woods?
Surprisingly, it appears unlikely. Forecasts call for some relatively mild temperatures through the rest of December, and even into January. Sure, there will be some snow in areas like Detroit, Ann Arbor, Jackson or Lansing. But according to experts, it shouldn’t be anything like the chilling freeze that assaulted the entire region last year.
Still, it’s good to be prepared for winter conditions such as snow and ice. So to refresh your memory, here are 6 safety tips you should follow when it comes to walking in snow and ice.
Wear the Right Footwear
A sturdy pair of boots layered with adequate traction is one of your best defenses against a slip-and-fall. The footwear you use should have visible treads and place your whole foot on the ground. Do not use footwear with smooth soles, as these are sure-fire way to slipping and falling,
Dress to Be Seen
Snow can be distracting, so it’s vitally important to wear bright clothing or patches that are easily visible to motorists. This is especially important in the dark when the roads are already perilous.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
If you have no choice but to walk through icy areas, assume that the entire walkway is covered in black ice. You’ll be more inclined to walk slowly and stay on guard.
Know the Trends
Just because there wasn’t ice while you were walking to your office doesn’t mean there won’t be snow on your way from it. Snow that melts during the day can quickly freeze at night before when the temperatures drop.
Keep Your Head Up
Sometimes we get so distracted looking for ice on the ground that we forget it can hurt us from above, too. Look out for icicles dangling from buildings, trees, awnings and other tall areas.
Use Shortcuts with Cautions
Walkways that get less traffic may not receive the same level of attention (salting, shoveling, etc.) as those that are more popular. Therefore, you should use shortcuts with caution.