Tips for Avoiding Slips and Falls

Tips for Avoiding Slips and Falls

As winter weather moves in, we want to remind everyone to use extra care as you are walking on campus. Many cold-weather injuries are the result of falls on ice-covered streets, sidewalks, and parking lots. Use the following tips to minimize injury:

  • Avoid looking at your phone while you are in motion.
  • Anticipate changing conditions–hour to hour, day to day.
  • Wear boots or other slip-resistant footwear.
  • Be sure your winter gear doesn't block your vision or reduce your hearing.
  • Be prepared for black-ice formation after melting occurs.
  • Exercise caution when getting in and out of vehicles.
  • Watch for slippery floors when entering buildings.
  • Carry small loads. Keep hands empty so arms are free to move for stabilization. Use backpacks if possible.
  • Move at a pace suitable for the walking surface you are on and the tasks you are doing.
  • Walk with your feet pointed slightly outward.
  • Make slow, wide turns at corners.
  • Report all falls to supervisors, Hamline Public Safety, and Benefits.