Welcome to 2018 and Take Care


January 2018

With the first week of 2018 coming to an end we would like to wish all associated with Osprey Housing and Osprey Housing Moray a happy and healthy new year.

To concentrate on the latter for a moment, many streets and path are still hazardous and with temperatures being variable ice can be a factor for many weeks to come. No matter how well the snow and ice is removed from car parks and pavements, pedestrians will still encounter some slippery surfaces when walking outdoors in the winter.  It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers and to learn to walk safely on ice and slippery surfaces.

It is recommended that you keep these important safety tips in mind when walking on ice:

  • In cold temperatures, approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy. Dew or water vapour can freeze on cold surfaces, forming an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can look like a wet spot on the pavement.
  • Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and other frozen areas can be hazardous. Look ahead when you walk; a snow- or ice-covered sidewalk or driveway, especially if on a hill, may require travel along its grassy edge for traction.
  • Taking shortcuts through areas where snow and ice removal is not feasible can be hazardous.
  • Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your centre of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible.
  • Extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance. Beware if you are carrying a heavy backpack or other load—your sense of balance will be off.
  • If you must carry a load, try not to carry too much; leave your hands and arms free to balance yourself.
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets. Hands out of your pockets while walking lowers your centre of gravity and increases balance. You can help break your fall with your hands free if you do start to slip.
  • Watch where you are stepping and GO S-L-O-W-L-Y !! This will help your reaction time to changes in traction.
  • When walking on steps always use the hand railings and plant your feet firmly on each step.
  • Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; use the vehicle for support.
  • Take short steps or shuffle for stability. It also helps to stop occasionally to break momentum.
  • Choose Appropriate Clothing -  avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles and heels, such as plastic and leather soles. Instead, wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice; boots made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles are best. Wear a bright scarf or hat or reflective gear so drivers can see you. Keep warm, but make sure you can hear what's going on around you. Whatever you wear, make sure it doesn't block your vision or make it hard for you to hear traffic.

Wherever 2018 takes you please take care!

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