Preventing Falls in Winter Weather

Winter means freezing temperatures, snow and ice -- and with that mix, the risk of injuries resulting from slips and falls increases.  A fall can cause a minor bruise, a broken bone or worse.  Thankfully, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk for falls and stay safe as the temperature drops.

  • Wear shoes with good tread outdoors.  Consider bringing dress shoes along in a separate bag to change into after you arrive at work.
  • Allow extra time to get to and from your car and to clear off accumulated snow and ice.
  • Use salt to melt ice early and often.  Salt or sand can assist in gaining traction on surfaces that remain slippery.
  • Dry your boots or shoes when you get home.  Wet shoes from melted snow can cause slick surfaces indoors.

Practice these tips to help yourself remain safe!