With a dangerous ice and snowstorm moving toward Baltimore, here are five tips on how to survive an ice event from the Snow & Ice Management Association.
>>TIP #1: Wear proper footwear. Proper footwear should place the entire foot on the surface of the ground and have visible treads. Avoid a smooth sole and opt for a heavy treaded shoe with a flat bottom.
>>TIP #2: Anticipate the ice. Be weary of thin sheets of ice that may appear as wet pavement (black ice). Often ice will appear in the morning, in shady spots or where the sun shines during the day and melted snow refreezes at night.
>>TIP #3: Plan ahead. While walking on ice-y sidewalks or in parking lots, walk consciously. Instead of looking down, look up and see where your feet will move next to anticipate ice or an uneven surface. Occasionally scan from left to right to ensure you are not in the way of vehicles or other hazards. When stepping off a curb, using steps, or getting into a car, be careful since shifting your weight may cause an imbalance and result in a fall.
>>TIP #4: Avoid taking shortcuts. Shortcuts are a good idea if you are in a hurry, but may be a bad idea if there is ice on the ground. A shortcut path, such as walking across a median in a parking lot, may be treacherous because it is likely to be located where snow and ice removal is not possible.
>>TIP #5: Stay home and be safe. During an ice event, spend some quality time at home. Forget spring-cleaning, now is a great time to tackle your basement, your office or a storage closet. Turn off your electronics–yes that includes your phone– and play a board or card game with your family. Take a book from your bookshelf–you know the one that you’ve been meaning to read and read it. Or have your family take turns reading a book out loud discussing it as you read.