Walk safely on wet, icy and slippery surfaces


Use extra caution while walking at University locations during wet and icy weather. Check the UW Alert Blog and the Snow Removal Progress Map (as appropriate) to check conditions before arriving on the Seattle campus.

Prevent slips, trips and falls while walking on campus:

  • Wear footwear that has good traction. Avoid shoes with smooth soles when conditions are rainy or icy.
  • Take shorter steps at a slower pace when walking on wet, dark or icy pavement that may be slippery.
  • Hold onto the handrails when using stairs.
  • Keep your hands free to catch yourself if you start to fall.
  • Do not walk while distracted; avoid looking at your mobile device.
  • Use caution when stepping off curbs and walking up or down steep slopes.
  • Don’t rush! Give yourself extra time to get to your destination.

Use caution when walking in parking lots:snow boots

  • Avoid wearing headphones so you can hear cars approaching.
  • Watch for moving cars; a driver may not be able to see you.
  • Take special care when getting in and out of vehicles as pavement can be slippery or icy.
  • Review UW Facilities' safety tips for navigating campus in inclement weather conditions. 

Consider your personal safety on dark winter days:

  • Walk in areas with good lighting and with other people as often as possible.
  • Request a safety escort if you need to walk in a dark or secluded area on the Bothell, Seattle or Tacoma campuses.

Slips, trips and falls are among the most commonly reported accidents at the UW.

All accidents and injuries should be reported to the Environmental Health & Safety Department. Incidents involving University personnel must be reported within 24 hours.

Read more tips tips for moving around safely this winter from UW Facilities.

Take care and be safe.