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Putting safety first: How to navigate slips, trips and falls this winter season

January 18, 2024

This winter has presented many weather-related hazards, including an abundance of snow recently. With freezing rain being anticipated for much of Metro Vancouver, it is only about to become more challenging.

Though leaving our homes during this season can be nerve-wracking, SafeCare BC wants you to know that you still have control over your safety. For everyone to enjoy the season safely, we want you to be aware of any potential risks or injuries.

To avoid trips, slips, and falls this winter, remember these simple tips:

  • Be prepared: It may seem unavoidable to slip on ice or other slick surfaces, but that is only the case if you are unprepared. Some ways you can get a better grip are by;
    • Wearing appropriate footwear with good traction
    • Ensuring you are not carrying too much that will throw you off balance.
    • Using salted roads or handrails to your advantage.
  • Be vigilant: The most common slips, trips, or falls also occur when there is poor lighting or obstructed views, so;
    • Allow extra time to go to and from work in the winter instead of rushing to save time and risk injury.
    • Cut down on distractions like talking on the phone so you can pay attention to your environment.
    • Have early detection – there is power in identifying potential hazards, such as ice areas or snow-covered steps.
  • Be informed: A knowledgeable person is better equipped to handle the season. To keep things under control, make sure that you;
    • Keep an eye on weather alerts.
    • Adjust your driving route or commute in response to potential dangers.
    • Be familiar with your emergency contacts and the most recent procedure for reporting a trip, fall, or slide occurrence.

For more resources, visit our Slips and Falls page or WorkSafeBC’s Slips Trips and Falls resources

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