Tips to Avoid Winter Slips, Trips, and Falls

  • Walk slowly and carefully. Wear boots or other slip-resistant footwear.
  • Use special care when getting in and out of vehicles. Use the vehicle for support if you need to do so.
  • Watch for slippery floors when you enter any building or home.
  • Try to avoid carrying items, or walking with your hands in your pockets; this can reduce your ability to catch yourself if you lose your balance. Instead, carry a backpack if you have one.
  • Watch out for black ice.
  • Tap your foot on potentially slick areas to see if the areas are slippery.
  • Walk as flat-footed as possible in very icy areas.
  • Avoid uneven surfaces if possible. Avoid steps or curbs with ice on them.
  • Report any untreated surfaces to Maintenance and Facilities. Help us keep you safe!
  • Remember: Ice and snow mean “take it slow!”

When and How to Use Fire Extinguisher

Always put your safety first; if you are not confident in your ability to use a fire extinguisher, get out and call 9-1-1. The American Red Cross cautions you to evaluate the situation and ensure:

  • Everyone has left or is leaving the home
  • The fire department has been called
  • The fire is small, not spreading, and there is not much smoke
  • Your back is to an exit you can use quickly
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Tips for Preventing Smartphones Fires

  • Charge your phone during the day
  • Choose a hard, flat surface for charging.
  • Never put your phone in the refrigerator. 
  • Give it a time out. 
  • Minimize apps. Using energy-draining apps like GPS and games, especially while downloading files, streaming music, and/or running other apps, is just asking for an overheated phone.





  • dentify a safe place in your home where household members and pets will gather during a tornado: a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • In a high-rise building, pick a hallway in the center of the building. You may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor.
  • In a mobile home, choose a safe place in a nearby sturdy building. If your mobile home park has a designated shelter, make it your safe place. No mobile home, however it is configured, is safe in a tornado.