Winter Walking Tips

Although buildings and connecting tunnels on campus remain closed, staff, faculty and students who are approved to be on campus will be commuting across campus throughout the winter. Here are a few safety tips for walking on campus this winter.

Plan ahead

Make sure you have enough time to get to your destination.


Wear Appropriate Winter Footwear

 

Consider wearing ice grippers on packed snow and ice. Remove them when indoors, they can become dangerously slippery on smooth surfaces.


Stay on Track

 

Avoid using goat paths or blazing your own trail through snow where you are not sure what lies beneath. Plan and maintain a safe route on groomed paths to and from locations.


Watch Where You Are Going

 

Focus on where you are walking and be aware. Look ahead for ice or questionable spots and avoid them, travel along path edges for traction.


Baby Steps

 

Walk like a penguin on ice to increase your centre of gravity. Bend your knees and turn your feet out slightly, placing your whole foot down at once and take small steps.


Avoid distractions

 

Leave your phone in your pocket when walking to and from locations. Stop if you need to look at it.


Maintain 3 points of contact

 

When exiting your vehicle look before you step out and hang onto the door frame, steering wheel or grab bar; when using stairs or ramps hold onto the handrail.


Pay attention to “transition zones”

 

Be careful stepping from one surface to another such as into buildings, onto stairs, tiled areas or curbs.


Stay Balanced

 

Do not carry heavy or large items that can block your view or make you lose your balance. Use backpacks or sling bags to keep your hands free and arms swinging at your sides to keep your balance.


Pitch In

 

Spread sand on icy areas from buckets located in building entrances.


Call the Services team at (306) 966-4496 to report hazardous pedestrian conditions, areas of concern, or to request a bucket of sand.
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