Walk safely on wet, icy and slippery surfaces
December 28, 2021
Prevent slips, trips and falls while walking on campus:
- Wear footwear that has good traction. Avoid shoes with smooth soles when conditions are rainy or icy.
- Take shorter steps at a slower pace when walking on wet, dark or icy pavement that may be slippery.
- Hold onto the handrails when using stairs.
- Keep your hands free to catch yourself if you start to fall.
- Do not walk while distracted; avoid looking at your mobile device.
- Use caution when stepping off curbs and walking up or down steep slopes.
- Don't rush! Give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
Use caution when walking in parking lots:
- Avoid wearing headphones so you can hear cars approaching.
- Watch for moving cars; a driver may not be able to see you.
- Take special care when getting in and out of vehicles as pavement can be slippery or icy.
Consider your personal safety on dark winter days:
- Walk in areas with good lighting and with other people as often as possible.
- Request a safety escort if you need to walk in a dark or secluded area.
Slips, trips and falls are among the most commonly reported accidents at the UW.
All accidents and injuries should be reported to the Environmental Health & Safety Department. Incidents involving university personnel must be reported within 24 hours.
Take care and be safe.
UW Tacoma Environmental Health & Safety