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Slips, Trips and Falls

Posted Thursday, November 21, 2019 | Preventative Security Advisory

As we have already seen, we are diving quickly into the slip, trip, fall season known as Minnesota Winter! If at anytime you are on campus and notice any slippery areas, please let security know! We do not mind throwing some salt down to prevent these!

Here are a couple different “steps” you can take as well! (Get it…steps…)

1. Anticipate ice – Pavement that appears to be wet may actually be black ice. Approach it with caution. A drop in temperature of just a few degrees can cause melted ice/snow to refreeze, making surfaces particularly slick.

2. Keep your hands free – Having your hands in your pockets decreases your balance and prevents you from breaking your fall if you slip. In fact, extending your arms out to the sides can significantly improve balance. Be sure to wear gloves or mittens for warmth and keep those arms free!

3. Take slow, short steps – Take the time to plant your feet securely with each deliberate step. Grab onto a railing or other sturdy fixture for extra security.

4. Improve your center of gravity – Increase your stability by pointing your feet slightly outward and keeping your body weight directly over your feet as much as possible.

5. Wear proper footwear – Shoes with grooved rubber soles that allow the entire surface of the foot to come in contact with the ground are safest.

6. Land safely – If you do slip, try to avoid landing on your tailbone, which can be particularly painful and slow to heal. Falling onto a fleshy part of your body, such as your side, is best if you can control it.