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NEW: URI Advises Students “To Walk Like Penguins” in Email

Friday, February 22, 2013


Walk like a what? URI wants its students to walk like penguins for safety when it snows.

Walking in the snow is hard--so hard, in fact, that the University of Rhode Island has sent out an email to its student body yesterday teaching them how to do it. The following is the exact email, as it was distributed by URI's office of public safety via the university's department of communications and marketing, to the student body. Don't miss the penguin tip, below.

From: Communications and Marketing <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Subject: Safety: Winter Walking Tips
To: [email protected]

Walking in the Winter: Safety Tips

The University continues to work diligently to keep our campuses safe and clear of ice and snow. Please keep in mind, however, that winter conditions can be dangerous and require everyone's attention to prevent slipping and falling. Remember that we are all responsible for exercising good judgment when walking in icy conditions. No matter how well snow and ice is removed from parking lots and sidewalks, it's important to be prepared and continually aware of slippery surfaces. If you are aware of an icy condition on campus, please call 874-4060 and report it to campus Facilities Center.

Keep the following safety tips in mind:

Wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice. Neoprene and non-slip rubber are best. Avoid shoes with smooth soles and heels.
Use caution when entering/exiting your vehicle as the ground may be slick.
Walk S-L-O-W-L-Y. Plan extra time so you are not rushing.
Use designated walkways as much as possible and if you come across a snow- or ice-covered sidewalk or driveway, especially on a hill, it might be a better choice to travel along the grassy edge for traction.
Walk against the flow of traffic if you must walk in the street and avoid shortcuts through areas where snow and ice removal is not possible.
Walk Like a Penguin: Point your feet out slightly and shuffle. Spreading your feet out slightly improves your stability. Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over your feet as much as possible. Keep your hands out of your pockets and extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance.
When using steps, always use handrails.
When you arrive at your indoor destination, remove as much snow and water from your feet as you can to prevent water from melting ice on the floors.

Thank you all for your cooperation.


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