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The Environmental Health and Safety Office is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and we are available after hours too. Contact EHS.

Winter Walking Safety

Winter Walking Safety

Winter brings ice and snow and slippery conditions. All too often these conditions lead to a serious slip and fall injury. Follow the tips below to learn how you can help keep yourself safe and injury free while walking in these often treacherous conditions.
Very often the first step in staying safe is being well-informed. Click the following link to sign up for Emergency Weather updates via email or text.
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Winter Walking Safety Video

This video is only available to computers on campus. If you cannot see the video, the messages and tips are included in the page below.


Winter Walking Safety Tips

Winter, and the snow and ice it brings to cover the roads, sidewalks and parking lots can be quite dangerous. Falls due to ice and snow are one of the most common injury causing incidents on campus.
Take steps now to prevent a fall by learning and implementing these suggestions:


Be Safe
  • Plan extra time on your schedule to prevent being in a rush. Most accidents occur due to inattention or being in a hurry.
  • Remove snow from shoes before entering any building.
  • Always use a handrail when climbing up and down stairs.
  • Always use handrail when going in and out of buildings, vehicles or public transportation.
  • Wear footwear with traction, consider Yax Trax or something similar.

Be Smart

  • Walk at a slower pace.
  • Stay on designated walkways.
  • Watch for and avoid slippery surfaces.

Be Seen

  • Wear visible clothing especially at night or during heavy snow.
  • Wait for vehicles to stop completely before crossing the road.
  • Approaching vehicles may not be able to stop immediately due to road conditions.
If you fall, relax and try to fall as limply as possible. Avoid using your arms to stop your fall.
If you need immediate medical attention, call 911.
To report unsafe or dangerous areas, call the snow removal crews at (801) 581-7221.

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