Ice Safety Tips

Drive and walk slowly. Taking your time is the best way to stay safe in harsh weather conditions this winter. Make sure you give yourself extra time to get to your destinations, which will allow for you to travel on the ice slowly, by car or on foot, to ensure you don’t fall.

 

Beware of black ice. This tip really goes along with taking your time. Black ice can be scary and very hard to see when it’s dark or wet outside. Be cautious of your surroundings and be on the lookout for shallow areas that could be extremely icy from freezing water runoff.

 

Wear shoes with good traction. Wearing the proper shoes in winter is very important to your safety. Having shoes with soles that prevent you from slipping will help you whether you’re walking down the driveway to get your mail or making your war around a busy town.

 

Use salt. Salting your driveway and sidewalk before and after a big storm can help protect you and those who live around you from slipping on ice. The salt will increase the melting point of the ice to help it melt faster and clear your driveway quicker. Though salt can be very useful, be careful not to over salt and damage the concrete!

 

Shovel regularly. After the first round of a heavy snowfall that will continue throughout the day or evening, it is a great idea to get out and shovel the first few inches if you can. This will save you a lot of trouble later in the day, and will lower the opportunity for ice to form as the snow keeps falling.