Walking during the winter months is the best way to enjoy the snow and crisp air. However, icy surfaces and hard-packed snow pose a hazard for the pedestrian.
- Footwear – Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow. Look for well-insulated, waterproof and non-slip tread soles with a low heel that are made of natural rubber. Consider using walking poles for more balance.
- Stay Alert – instead of looking down, look up and see where your feet will move next to anticipate ice or an uneven surface. Occasionally scan from left to right to ensure you are not in the way of vehicles or other hazards.
- Anticipate ice – be wary of thin sheets of ice that may appear as wet pavement (black ice). When walking down steps, be sure to grip handrails firmly and plant your feet securely on each step.
- Avoid taking shortcuts – shortcuts are a good idea if you are in a hurry, but may be a bad idea if there is snow and ice on the ground. A shortcut path may be treacherous because it is likely to be located where snow and ice removal is not possible.
- Clothing – wear several layers of lightweight clothing. Wear mittens and a hat (preferable one that covers your ears).