Be Safe on Ice: Walk like a penguin

While it is most ideal to not have to walk on ice, sometimes it is unavoidable. One of the best examples of how to do it comes from the animal kingdom — most notably the penguin.

If you've ever seen a penguin walk, they sort of waddle with their feet pointed outward, creating as much friction with the ice as possible.

When walking on ice, try to keep this in mind:

  • Spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases your center of gravity.
  • Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over your feet as much as possible.
  • Extend your arms to your sides to maintain balance.
  • Beware if you are carrying a heavy bag or other load – your sense of balance will be off.
  • And just like on the road, black ice can be in a parking lot, too. Just because it doesn't look like ice, if the conditions are right it could very well be slippery.

Sure you may look silly walking, but it sure beats a sore back-side (or something worse) from hitting the pavement.

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