Winter Weather Safety Tips
Parveen Loodu

Winter Weather Safety Tips

As the Lower Mainland enters a cold snap, it's important to be prepared for ice and snow. With the winter weather, comes a greater risk of slips, trips, or falls. We encourage our students (and families) to travel safely and follow these important tips:

  • Walk in designated areas. Avoid using short cuts and self-made paths as these may be very icy and slippery — stay on the cleared paths, even if it takes extra time.
  • Consider wearing a backpack. Backpacks keep your load closer to your centre of gravity. Carrying heavy items in your hands hinders your arms’ ability to provide balance if you should slip. You will also need your arms free to help you recover your balance if you start to slide.
  • Wear appropriate winter footwear. Wear shoes with traction — switch to winter-appropriate footwear, even if you’re walking a short distance and plan to change into your indoor shoes upon safe arrival.
  • Keep both hands free for balance, rather than in your pockets. Wear gloves or mittens to stay warm and your hands can stay free to balance or catch yourself if you do start to tumble.
  • Allow additional time to get where you’re going – do not rush in your vehicle or on foot.

Our facilities team does their best to prevent ice and clear snow as quickly as possible, however if you find some areas are slippery as you make your way across campus, please report the area to the front office receptionists of either school.

As always, the safety and well-being of our community is extremely important, so please exercise caution this winter season.