Managing slippery conditions
Once a request has been submitted to the Customer Care Centre, we prioritize it based on whether or not the problem will compromise safety or affect the operations of the university. We will respond to the priority issues as soon as possible.
- Avoid using short cuts and self-made paths as these may be very icy and slippery - stay on the cleared sidewalks, even if it means an extra minute or two.
- Wear appropriate winter footwear.
- Take small steps to keep your centre of balance under you.
- Walk slowly and never run on icy ground.
- Keep both hands free for balance, rather than in your pockets.
- Use handrails from start to finish.
- Avoid carrying loads on stairways; or carrying loads that obstruct your view.
- Keep your eyes on where you are going.
- Test potentially slick areas by tapping your foot on them.
- Step - don't jump - from vehicles and equipment.
During the winter months we have staff and contractors working a variety of shifts through the week to respond to snow and ice control situations promptly. We strive to have primary areas cleared as quickly as possible, weather conditions permitting.
We begin with areas where snow and ice presents a safety hazard or impacts the university’s operations. For example, wheel chair ramps, handicapped parking spots, fire hydrants access points, fire exits, building entrances and high-traffic walkways.
After any amount of accumulation, snow removal equipment will be out. We plow parking lots at night only, so we have full access.