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Reminders About Seasonal Footwear

December 07, 2017

More winter weather days of ice and snow are on the way. With this in mind, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) offers a few seasonal footwear reminders to keep Vandals mobile and injury free.

  • Shoes: Choose wisely when possible. For snow and ice conditions, this means shoes with traction soles. Soles that have a heavy tread to better grip the ground such as snow boots are best. Dress shoes and boots with smooth soles are not as functional because these type of shoes act more like ice skates on slick surfaces. Consider changing into them if needed when you arrive to your destination.

  • Traction pullovers: these are designed to slip over shoes and provide additional grip on slick surfaces. There are different types: some have wire coils while others have metal studs that bite in to the ice. Let weather conditions be your guide as to which type to use. Having both styles is helpful when living in Idaho. Please note that any type of traction pullover should be removed when entering U of I buildings to reduce slips, trips and falls. 

When possible, please stay on cleared pathways to allow for better foot traction, and be alert, especially in campus parking lots, along walkways and when using stairs. For questions and/or concerns, please contact EHS at 208-885-6524, or fill out the online Report a Safety Concern form. 


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