For Walking Safely On Ice
In winter months, slips and falls
are some of the most frequently reported types
of injuries. Because of the potential increase in ice-related slip and fall accidents at UMD and
around town, The UMD EHS
offers these "Safe Walking
Tip" to remind you of the hazards associated
with walking on icy surfaces, and to provide
hints on how to walk more safely.
Although UMD takes great care to remove
snow and ice from parking lots and sidewalks
around campus, you may still encounter some
slippery surfaces when walking to and from parking lots, between
buildings at work, around your
home, or elsewhere.
is important for everyone to be constantly
aware of the dangers associated with walking
on slippery surfaces and practice the
following safe walking
CAUTION: Assume all wet,
dark areas on pavements are slippery or
risk of falling, Walk like a
Appropriate Shoes! Avoid
boots or shoes with smooth soles and
heels. Wear shoes or boots
that provide traction on snow and ice;
boots made of non-slip rubber or
neoprene and with grooved soles are
- Be careful
when entering or exiting your vehicle;
use the vehicle for support.
- Walk in designated
walkways as much as possible. Do not
take shortcuts over snow piles as it
can be hazardous.
- Look ahead when you
walk; a snow- or ice- covered sidewalk
or driveway, may require extra
precautions, look for traction.
- Spread your
feet and point
them out slightly like a penguin!
Spreading your feet out slightly while
walking on ice increases your center
of gravity and
hence your base
- Bend slightly and
walk flat-footed with your center of
gravity directly over your foot as
much as possible.
- Keep your hands out
of your pockets. Hands
in your pockets while walking
decreases your balance.
your arms out slightly to your sides
to safely to maintain balance. Walk
like a penguin!
- Relax and take your time,
watch where you are stepping, and go
- Take short steps for
Do the penguin
- When falling,
avoid landing on your knees, wrists,
or spine. Try to fall on a fleshy part
of your body.
- Relaxing your muscles
when falling may reduce the severity
of your injury
walking safely on ice (Fermi National Laboratory