Crews from Facilities work as quickly as they can to treat slippery walkways on campus, but Houghton has snowy/icy conditions in the winter and care must be taken by all to avoid slips and falls. Remember that no matter how well snow and ice is removed from parking lots or sidewalks, you may still encounter slippery surfaces when walking outside or inside during the winter
Below are several tips on how to stay safe when walking in winter.
— Choose appropriate footwear that will provide traction on snow and ice.
— Plan ahead and think about the best route to your destination. Give yourself a little extra time to get there.
— Walk on designated walkways whenever possible. It can be hazardous to take shortcuts over snow piles or areas that cannot be cleared.
— Don’t carry heavy objects in slippery conditions.
— Beware of “black ice” and slippery conditions on surfaces that have been cleared. Water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces and form an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can look like a wet spot on the pavement. It often shows up early in the morning or in areas that are shaded from the sun.
— Before you step off the curb into the street, make sure any approaching vehicles have come to a complete stop.
— Make your strides small.
— Walk slowly and keep both hands out to stay balanced.
— Use handrails while walking up and down stairs.
— When exiting or entering a vehicle, hold on to the vehicle for support.
— When entering a building, be sure to use floor mats and boot cleaners to remove moisture from the soles of your shoes. This will help protect you, as well as others who follow, from having to walk on wet or slippery surfaces.
— Choose your path carefully to avoid wet or slippery floors.
Please report slippery conditions on Michigan Technological University property. Call the Facilities Management Emergency line at 487-0001 or submit an online work request at http://www.mtu.edu/facilities/maintenance/requests/.