Picture of penguin walking on snow

With winter weather affecting most of the country, ice, snow and slick conditions are prevalent and can result in an increase in slips and falls. Take some walking advice from an Antarctic pro—the penguin!

  • Keep your center of gravity above your front leg.
  • Take short steps or shuffle for stability.
  • Point your toes slightly outward.
  • Be sure you are not carrying so much that it keeps you from seeing the ground ahead or affects your balance.
  • You will not look strange—all the cool birds are doing it!
It’s important to remember that slips and falls can happen anywhere at any time and are completely preventable. Take precaution and avoid injury by following these important tips:
  • Wear slip-resistant shoes and periodically check the condition of the soles and replace them as needed.
  • Never run or walk fast as friction is reduced at a hurried pace making you more susceptible to injury.
  • Keep all walking areas clean and clear of clutter.
  • Maintain good lighting both indoors and on outdoor walking areas.
  • Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas.
  • Utilize handrails on all steps or stairwells.
  • Ensure any stepstool or ladder is sturdy prior to climbing or reaching for high places.
  • Clean up spills right away.
  • Check condition of outdoor walkways and steps periodically and repair as necessary.
  • Remove leaves, snow and debris from outdoor walkways.
  • Inspect walking surfaces before walking. Look for obstructions that may interfere with walking safely.
  • Always use three points of contact when entering and exiting a vehicle.
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