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By Dan Garcia, UAS Health and Safety

As we freeze and thaw our way into winter, it’s time to be thinking about slip and fall prevention. The Juneau campus has lots of fresh asphalt on our pathways. As you venture out on these new smooth surfaces, remember that surfaces may be slippery even when there is no visible ice. Please keep these simple safe winter walking strategies in mind:

  • Select footwear with good traction.
  • Always scan the path in front of you for icy conditions. These are often recognizable by the slip marks where those ahead of you found them.
  • Bend your knees, take short steps, walk flat footed or shuffle for stability.
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets and avoid carrying heavy loads.
  • When walking on stairs, use hand rails and plant your feet firmly on each step.
  • Use special care when getting out of or into your vehicle

Any safe winter walking strategy should also include keeping a set of ICE GRIPPERS handy. Ice Grippers are free to UAS employees. If you have a set from prior years, check to see if they are serviceable. If you need a new set of ICE GRIPPERS, just send me an e-mail with your BOOT SIZE and your MAIL STOP.

If you do fall or encounter a particularly slippery walking surface on campus, please let Facilities Services know: 796-6496.

Call me if you have any questions or to report a falling incident: 796-6077

Be prepared and walk with confidence!
Dan Garcia
UAS Health and Safety


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