In cold, wet conditions, common dangers include slips and falls as well as vehicle accidents. Taking these simple precautions can help prevent accidents and injuries.
- Areas that may become slick and require extra caution include stairs, ramps, tile floors, parking lots and metal parts of equipment.
- Have a snow and ice removal plan in place.
- Place non-skid floor mats and caution signs in slippery, high traffic areas.
- Use traction devices that strap onto your shoes when icy conditions require some extra traction.
- Use the right shoes. Anti-slip soles are essential. Shoe soles need to have thin cuts, often called siping, that disperse water and grip the ground.
- Slips can easily happen when entering or exiting your vehicle, so be cautious. Use a three-point stance when getting in and out of your car.
- Know the weather conditions you will encounter when taking a trip and plan ahead.
- Inspect your vehicle for proper tires and other winter driving gear.
- Assume that roads, bridges and exits are icy and be ready for them.
- If pulling over due to an emergency, increase your visibility to passing traffic. Activate your vehicle’s hazard warning lights.