Helpful Hints When Walking on Snow or Ice

  1. Plan ahead, give yourself sufficient time and plan your route. 
  • Traffic moves slowly in snowy conditions.

  • Give yourself extra time--don't assume a clear path for driving and walking will be available.


  1. Wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice. 
  • Footwear made of rubber and neoprene composite provide better traction than plastic and leather soles.

  • Wear flat-soled shoes.  Avoid shoes with heels.

  • Products are available with abrasive soles or cleats that provide special traction for walking on snow and ice, such as Yaktrax. [Remember to remove when entering buildings.]


  1. Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles, climbing or descending stairs, entering or leaving buildings. 
  • Move slowly.

  • Remove snow/water from shoes when entering buildings.

  • Use handrails for support.

  • Try to keep your center of gravity over your support leg.

  • Use car for support.

  • Keep your hands out of your pockets.


  1. Walk on designated walkways as much as possible. 
  • Don’t take shortcuts over snow piles or areas where snow and ice removal is not feasible.

  • Look ahead when you walk. A sidewalk completely covered with ice may require travel along its grassy edge for traction.

  • Don’t text or read while walking.


  1. Walk safely on snow or ice.
  • Take short steps or shuffle for stability.

  • Bend slightly forward and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over your feet as much as possible.

  • Keep your hands out of your pockets.

  • Be prepared to fall. If you fall, fall with sequential contacts at your thigh, hip and shoulder.  Avoid using outstretched arms to brace yourself.

  • Bend your back and head forward to avoid hitting your head against the ground.