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Learn How to Stay Safe on Snow, Ice

February 17, 2021

Environmental Health and Safety received several safety concern reports this week regarding dangerous situations between drivers and pedestrians. The recurring theme of these reports was pedestrians in the roadway. Drivers: Watch for pedestrians as the road may be the only plowed path for them to take. Pedestrians: Stay on plowed sidewalks and use designated crosswalks as much as possible, even if it means crossing the street. If you choose to walk in a street as the only clear path, walk against traffic and be alert for approaching vehicles.

Here are some recommendations to help keep everyone safe:


  • Slow down.
  • Be patient — we are all in this together.
  • Clear all the snow from all windows and allow windows to defog before driving.
  • Allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Be alert for pedestrians who may be in the middle of the road.
  • Use gentle acceleration and braking to avoid losing control and sliding.
  • Allow extra stopping distance and start braking early.


  • Stay on plowed walkways as much as possible even if it means crossing to the other side of the street.
  • If there is no plowed path available on either side and you choose to walk in the street, walk against the flow of traffic to see approaching vehicles.
  • Wait until any vehicles have stopped before entering the crosswalk — they cannot stop as quickly on snow and ice and could skid into the crosswalk.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and use traction devices that pull on over shoes to help avoid falls.
  • Do not use earbuds or other similar devices that impede the ability to hear approaching vehicles.

Visit the I-Safety website for more information on safety and snowplows at the university. Learn more about the traction device program for employees.

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