Be Careful Walking in Ice and Snow
While sleet and snow can make walking in a winter wonderland hazardous, Steven Cummings, M.D., medical director of employee health at Saint Louis University, says there are some simple strategies to minimize your risk of slipping and falling.
|SLU employees try to keep ahead of the weather and clear stairs and sidewalks of snow and ice.|
"We need to do everything possible to decrease the amount of weather related falls, which can be really hurtful," Cummings said.
He offers these tips for braving the weather:
- Wear sensible shoes or boots. Icy weather is no time for vanity. If you must wear heels or dress shoes, bring them with you and change at work.
- Look for black ice, places on the pavement that look wet but really are icy.
- Be particularly careful around stairs to buildings and near parking lots, which could have ice on them.
- Don't multi-task. Put away your cell phone and watch where you walk.
- Once you're inside, watch for puddles and slush, which also could be slick.
- If you encounter hazardous areas either outside or within a University building that have not been treated please call 977-2955 to report the issue.
- If you fall at the University and are in pain, seek immediate medical treatment as directed by the University's policy on work related injuries. The policy can be found at: https://www.slu.edu/busfin/departments/risk-management-and-insurance/workers-compensation
Learn more about the University and SLUCare ‘s snow policies.