Be cautious of ice and slick spots when you get in and out of your car. If you park in a garage, cars bring in slush and snow. As we rush into work, so does the cold air which causes this to refreeze. Before you step out of your car ensure safe footing. Watch your step on sidewalks. If it looks shiny, avoid the area if possible. Remember, if you must walk in the snow/ice, walk like a penguin!

So what does it mean to “walk like a penguin”? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests slightly bending your back and pointing your feet out to increase your center of gravity. Take small steps and stay flat-footed. Shuffling your feet and keeping your arms out at your side may help you stay stable on the ice.

It is best when walking in winter, to always presume the sidewalk and roadways will be slick and take the extra time and precautions to get to your destination.

Stay warm and safe.


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Diana Schweikhart, R.N., COHN-S

Diana Schweikhart is the director of occupational medicine, safety and health for UofL Physicians. Schweikhart worked at UofL Hospital for more than 26 years and has more than 22 years of experience in employee/occupational health. Schweikhart also worked as the interim manager for employee health over the KentuckyOne West Market. She developed and implemented many programs in regards to employee immunizations, education and safety. She graduated from UofL School of Nursing in 1989 and received certification as a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist in 1995.

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