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  Avoiding Winter Slips and Falls

Winter in Princeton can often mean periods of icy or snowy weather. While the Facilities Departments works diligently to remove snow and ice from walkways and building entrances, you still may encounter slippery surfaces while walking around campus. Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities offer the following tips for avoiding slips and falls during this winter season:

• Select appropriate footwear. There is no single shoe sole material that is perfect under all conditions, however, footwear with rubber or neoprene composite soles provides better traction on ice and snow than leather or plastic.

• Think about the best route to your destination and plan on a little extra time to get there. Avoid rushing, taking shortcuts over snow piles or traversing areas where snow or ice removal is incomplete.

• If you have no choice but to walk on a slippery surface, bend slightly forward and shorten your stride or shuffle your feet for better stability.

• Many slips and falls occur during entry or exit from vehicles. Be particularly careful and hold on to the vehicle for support.

When entering a building, be sure to:

• Take advantage of floor mats 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.

• Avoid walking on wet or slippery areas if possible.

• Take responsibility for immediately reporting slip and fall hazards.

You are encouraged to report slippery conditions in University parking lots, walkways and building entrances to the Facilities Customer Service Center at extension 8-8000 from 7:30am-5:00pm. After hours concerns can be left on voice mail or emailed to After hours, immediate safety concerns can be reported to Public Safety at 8-3134.


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