Winter weather can introduce many hazards. Not only does it make roadways dangerous to travel but it also makes any walking outside dangerous. In fact, it makes walking inside a hazard, too, since wet feet track in snow and ice that then melts into puddles on floors, usually near entrances. Slip and fall accidents happen a lot during the winter months for these reasons. To keep yourself safe, there are some things that you can do.
EHSToday explains that avoiding a winter slip and fall accident comes down to being alert and aware of your surroundings. Whether you are walking inside or out, you should always pay attention to the ground conditions. Be aware that floors inside may be slippery if it has recently snowed or if there is slush around the outside of the building and parking area. Keep in mind that ice is a risk any time temperatures drop below freezing.
Sometimes you cannot avoid walking in slippery conditions. If you must walk on potentially icy surfaces, make sure that you take small steps and move slowly. Try to keep your hands and arms free to help balance you should you start to slip. Always be aware of black ice. You cannot see it, so you have to be on guard anytime there has been precipitation and cold temperatures.
The first steps you take outside, whether leaving a building or your vehicle, should be slow and deliberate. Check out the walkway before you start moving to assess any risks. The same thing applies to when you step into a building.