Stay Safe in the Snow
The snow keeps falling and many schools are closed today. Since most adults don’t get snow days, it is a good time to review some basic steps you can take to stay safe and be ready for an emergency.
Make sure your car is ready
- Top up your gas tank
- Fill you washer fluid
- Keep extra fluids in the trunk, along with a snow brush/scraper and extra clothes/blanket
Think Slow and Safe
- Commutes are often slow in snowy conditions; give yourself extra time to travel safely.
- Slow down, especially on bridges and curves. Keep your distance between cars.
Slipping Isn’t Fun – Recognize the hazards of slippery walks. There are several things that can be done to reduce the risk of falling when slippery conditions exist. Some helpful hints:
- Snow boots may keep you from slipping on the snow/ice. Pack a pair of indoor shoes for the office or classroom.
- Make sure your boots or overshoes have grippy soles such as rubber and neoprene composite. Slick leather or plastic soles on shoes will definitely increase the risk of slipping.
- Use special care when entering or exiting vehicles, using the vehicle for support.
- Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces the ability to use your arms for balance if you do slip.
- Take short shuffling steps in very icy areas.
- Don’t step on uneven surfaces. Avoid curbs with ice on them.
- Place your full attention on walking. Digging in your pocketbook or backpack while walking on ice is dangerous.