Safety Tips for Walking on Snow and Ice

Last updated: Jan 30, 2012, 15:06 PM

By Joy Pierce Mathews for Summit Medical Group


Summit Medical Group is focused on your safety and comfort! 


In the winter, we make it a priority to clear and salt our sidewalks and parking areas. But certain areas can melt during the day and freeze again overnight.

To avoid falling, we recommend that you:

  • Wear boots or overshoes made of rubber or neoprene composite with soles that grip. Avoid shoes with leather or plastic soles
  • Look at the ground before stepping out of your car, and then step carefully!
  • Test potentially slippery areas by tapping your foot on them
  • Hold onto your car for support and bracing yourself with the seat back and door for stability as you get out
  • Watch the ground the entire time you’re walking to avoid icy spots you might otherwise miss; if you must answer your phone or get something from your purse or briefcase, stop walking and don’t start walking again until you place your full attention on walking
  • Test potentially slippery areas by tapping your foot on them
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets for balance
  • Take short, shuffling steps and keeping your feet close to the ground on icy spots
  • Avoid heavy loads, including large boxes, cases, and heavy purses that can make you lose your balance
  • Avoid uneven surfaces and icy curbs

If you are unstable when walking, use our valet service.
When you arrive at our entrance,
an attendant will gladly help you get safely into the building!

Teach your kids these safety steps
and practice with them
whenever you must walk in snowy or icy areas!