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Pedestrians should use caution on icy sidewalks

After this week's storm, freezing rain has resulted in slippery sidewalks across the City, and any water on top of icy patches can make them even more slippery.

While crews are working to clear, salt and sand the sidewalks, the City reminds citizens to take extra caution when walking on icy sidewalks. The ice-breaker machine is out in areas with hills and high volumes of pedestrian traffic.

Safety Tips for Walking in Winter

  • Watch where you are stepping and go slowly.
  • Approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavement is slippery and icy. Dew or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces, forming an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can look like a wet spot on the pavement. This is often referred to as black ice.
  • Wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice. Boots made of non-slip rubber with grooved soles are best.
  • Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow banks and other frozen areas can be hazardous.
  • Wear bright reflective clothing so drivers can see you.
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets while walking to increase balance.
  • When walking on steps, always use the hand railings and plant your feet firmly on each step.
  • Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles. Use the vehicle for support.