Although our Grounds and Custodial Units do an excellent job with clearing and treating the walkways, steps and parking lots when snow/ice hits UD, always be sure to exercise caution when walking on campus during cold weather conditions.
Please see the FREAS SharePoint page under Safety for more information on this topic.
- Wear proper footwear with heavy treading and a flat bottom that place the entire foot on the surface of the ground. Consider using traction attachments on your shoes if you will be walking a considerable distance.
- Walk like a penguin with your feet apart and your weight slightly forward for better balance.
- Walk consciously on icy sidewalks and parking lots. Look up to see where the next icy spots are
and be aware of any vehicles near you.
- Be aware of surface transitions such as concrete to brick, or brick to pavement. A slight
difference in surface temperature could result in a big difference in traction.
- Walk with your hands at your sides, NOT in your pockets. If you suddenly slip, your will need your hands to help break your fall. Wearing gloves helps to keep your hands free.
- If you encounter a pathway that needs to be treated, report it to 831-1141 as soon as you can.
- Avoid listening to music or talking on the phone while walking in icy or snowy conditions. Pedestrians need to be able to hear approaching traffic or other noises.
- What appears to be wet pavement may be black ice, so approach it with caution. Ice will be more prevalent in the mornings, so be especially aware in the early hours.
- When walking up or down steps, take them slowly and deliberately. Use the handrails where possible.
- The building entry floors may have some melted snow and ice, so check the entrance and try to walk on any rugs that have been placed near the doorways.
- Avoid shortcuts pathways which may be dangerous because it is less likely that snow and ice removal has occurred.
- Be aware of what you’re walking under. Falling snow and ice can cause injuries.
- Elevated walkways such as pedestrian bridges and ramps may freeze before the ground surface
sidewalks, so exercise caution when using these pathways.
- Falls can be somewhat embarrassing. The effects of a fall on your body may not appear for hours, or even days later. Be sure to report the incident to your supervisor as soon as possible, so that prompt evaluation and treatment can be given.