How To Walk Safely on Snow and Ice
By Ann Mejer, MSA, BSN, RN
IU Health La Porte Hospital Colleague Health Director
- Walking on snow or ice is especially treacherous and wearing proper footwear is essential. A pair of well insulated boots with good rubber treads is a must for walking during or after a winter storm.
- When walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway, take short steps and walk at a slower pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction.
- Be on the lookout for vehicles that may have lost traction and are sliding toward you. Be aware that approaching vehicles may not be able to stop at crosswalks or traffic signals.
- During the daytime, wear sunglasses to help you see better and avoid hazards.
- Try to avoid carrying heavy packages while walking on ice and snow.
- Remember that heavy snow muffles the normal sounds you expect to hear that alert you to oncoming vehicles.
Bonus Winter Tip: Cowboy boots, sneakers, leather shoes and plastic-soled shoes are not the best in snow and ice.