Icy Sidewalks and Parking Lots - Try these Safety Tips! By Melissa Esham 1/6/2016 In cold temperatures, approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy. During bad weather, avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles and heels. 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. Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; use the vehicle for support. Walk in designated walkways. Do NOT take shortcuts over grassy areas, snow piles and other frozen areas as they can be hazardous. Point your feet out slightly like a penguin! Spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases your center of gravity. Keep your hands out of your pockets. Hands in your pockets while walking decreases your center of gravity and balance. Watch where you are stepping and … GO S-L-O-W-L-Y !! Thanks to Great West and the South Sioux City Safety and Wellness Committee for sharing these tips with us! I will be using that penguin walk from now on! Great idea! Thanks for reading.