Old Man Winter has been slow to arrive in much of the U.S. this year, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t on his way. Colder weather and freezing temperatures bring along a host of seasonal safety concerns, especially when driving. Please review the following information and video that may help you or a coworker prevent an injury this winter:
- If the temperature is – or has recently been – below freezing, watch out for ice patches in your parking area. If you suspect there may be ice, keep your hands free and out of your pockets for balance. Walk slowly, taking small steps over the ice and use handrails when they’re available.
- Each of us has a responsibility to help keep each other safe. Please report any icy conditions found in parking areas, walkways or paths around the facility to management immediately, so that steps can be taken to eliminate the hazardous condition.
- Anyone working in a region where winter events aren’t typical should talk to their supervisor about expectations and protocol if a winter event occurs before or during scheduled work shifts.
- If you find yourself driving to or from work in snowy, sleety or icy conditions, make sure you give yourself extra time to arrive safely. Slow down while driving and give the cars ahead of you at least a four-seconds of following distance. When weather is severe, it’s best to give an even longer following distance.
- Always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.
- Dress in layers, and wear waterproof shoes to keep yourself warm and dry.
- If you have additional safety questions or concerns, talk to your supervisor or management at your facility.