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Tips for staying safe on snowy and icy sidewalks

Winter brings snow and ice across much of the country, which blankets the sidewalks and creates a slippery, hazardous situation. Ensuring safety on your sidewalks is important for reducing the risk of slip-and-fall injuries.

Proactive care and cautious movement help ensure safety on snowy and icy sidewalk surfaces.

Walk carefully

When you can not avoid walking on snowy, icy and slippery sidewalks, take it slow and easy. Position your feet for stability, keeping your center of gravity and weight over whichever foot is the most stable. Wear boots with good traction and use ski poles, railings or a walking stick for stability.

Clear the snow

One of the biggest hazards of snowy and icy sidewalks is the presence of hidden ice under the snow. The surface is deceptive and can lead to slip-and-fall injuries because of slippery ice beneath a thin layer of snow. Keep up with clearing snow so that any ice is visible.

Treat the ice

Whether you opt for salt, pet-safe de-icer or even a de-icing solution, treat the sidewalk surfaces to melt the ice. You can even scatter sand, cinders, or cat litter if necessary for traction on slippery surfaces.

Clearly mark hazards

Post signs warning of slippery conditions on any sidewalks or walkways that may be icy or slick due to weather. This alerts others to use caution.

Proper care can mitigate the risk of slip-and-fall issues with icy, snowy walkways and sidewalks through the cold winter months. Protect your business from liability risks by taking mitigation steps and clearly marking any risky areas.