Louisville VA Medical Center
Don’t “Slip Up” with Winter Season Safety
Our grounds crew are doing a GREAT job this winter, but no matter how well the snow and ice are removed from sidewalks, parking lots and the surrounding streets, they should still be approached with extra caution. Even though the area may look clear, watch out for “black ice.” Dew, fog or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces and form an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can look like a wet spot on the pavement. It often shows up early in the morning or in areas that are shaded from the sun, especially in parking lots where the pavement is shaded by parked vehicles. Getting around in icy conditions calls for planning, caution, and a little extra time. Here are a few more tips to help keep you safe when walking in these wintery conditions:
- Dress warmly and wear boots with non-skid soles (avoid plastic and leather soles).
- Keep warm, but make sure you can see and hear what's going on around you.
- Try not to carry too much--you need to leave your hands and arms free to better balance yourself.
- During the daytime, wear sunglasses to help you see better and avoid hazards. At night, wear bright clothing or reflective gear.
- When entering a building, remove as much snow and water from your boots as possible.
- Be prepared in case you fall and try to avoid using your arms to break your fall. If you fall backward, make a conscious effort to tuck your chin so your head doesn't strike the ground with a full force.
- Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles and use the vehicle for support.
Remember: No matter how familiar you are with maneuvering in icy conditions, accidents can still happen!