Stay safe in winter conditions

With the recent drop in temperature and our first real snowfall of the season now behind us, here are some tips to stay safe:

  • Please take care when walking to and from your car in the parking lots. FESS Roads and Grounds crews clear more than 85 parking lots across the Fermilab site, but it can be especially difficult to keep the areas between cars clear, especially when snow falls in the middle of a workday. Be especially careful when walking in the shady spaces between cars where our plows and salt can’t reach.
  • Maintain three points of contact. When getting out of your car, it’s important to know that even though the lots may have been salted, they may still be slippery. Please hold onto your car as you stand up.Many incidents occur when people slip on ice while getting in or out of their vehicle.
  • With more than 400 building entrances on site, it can be challenging for snow crews to keep every entrance snow- and ice-free. The lab recently created salt stations near several of the building entrances. If you come across a slick area, please treat that spot for your colleagues. If a larger area is in need of work, contact your Tenant Liaison or Area Facility Manager and they will immediately contact Roads and Grounds for help.
  • Take your time. Walk slowly, take small steps, and keep your center of gravity low to the ground (shuffle). Uneven surfaces can complicate matters. Chunks of ice and snow or even coarse rock salt can cause normally smooth surfaces to become uneven. Be alert for snow and ice.
  • Expect the unexpected. Wear footwear that provides traction on snow and ice. Slow down and try not to let yourself get distracted while walking in winter conditions.
  • If you fall, take a second to inventory yourself, wiggle your toes and fingers, get up slowly if you are able, and visit either the Fermilab Occupational Medicine Office (or the Fire Department if after hours), or call 3131 if you or one of your colleagues are in need of emergency support.