Winter Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention E-mails


Raise Awareness with Winter Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention E-mail Messages

Safety committees can get a great deal of mileage out of these ready-to-go e-mail messages. Send a new e-mail to employees once a week to support other slip, trip and fall hazard awareness and accident prevention efforts. 

The e-mails are provided as jpeg images that should be viewable in most HTML-enabled e-mail systems.

Click Here to Learn How To Send the Files

  1. Left click on the message image below that you want to send. Then right click and select “Save image as.”  Chose the location where to save the file on your computer.
  2. Open an e-mail message and click the cursor in the body of the message.
  3. Choose “insert a picture” (in Outlook, this is under the Insert menu) and navigate to the image saved on your computer.
  4. Add a “View in browser” link for recipients who may not be able to see images in e-mail messages. Create a hyperlink of the words “View in browser” to the URL address for the image you downloaded. This is the Web address on the page that opens when you click on the image on the website page.
  5. Customize the message:
    • If the message is part of the safety committee’s efforts, include a signature that has the names of committee members.
    • Include information about to whom employees can go with their questions or concerns.
  6. Use a catchy but relevant subject line for the e-mails to ensure that employees open the message.
  7. Use a catchy but relevant subject line for the e-mails to ensure employees open the messages.

E-mail Messages

Illustration of polar bear in winter coat and boots walking on snow covered path, looking up at snow falling. Text: P.A.W.S.: Pause, Assess, Walk Safely; Winter has come. Be prepared for changing weather conditions.


Illustration of arctic fox dressed in winter coat and boots exits parked car by holding onto vehicle with two hands and firmly stepping on pavement. Text: P.A.W.S.: Pause, Assess, Walk Safely. Grab a hold of vehicle when exiting and entering.


Lock screen or e-mail image shows husky dressed in winter gear looking at cleared and snow-covered walkways. Text: Scout a cleared path when walking on snow or ice


TV announcer pointing to drawing of person exiting a passenger vehicle, holding on to car with hands and firmly placing foot on the ground. Announcer word bubble: No. 23 achieved great control by holding onto the car with both hands while stepping on the ground." Man has fallen in snowbank next to a sidewalk. Referee blows whistle. TV announcer says, "Penalty for illegal route. No. 36 climbed over the snowbank. Safer route is to use the cleared path."  
Person walks across snowy parking lot. TV announcers say, "Amazing execution of the shuffle step--perfect for the conditions," and "An excellent positioning of hands out for balance and eyes up to see." Journalist interviews woman inside the entryway of a building, showing puddles on the floor: "What contributed to your successful entry today?" Woman answers, "I took it slow ll the way from the parking lot through the doorway. I never assume the floor is dry on a snowy day."  
Emoji equation with text: It's hard to see through tears. Look ahead when you walk; know where the snow and ice hazards may be. Choose a cleared path. Emoji equation with text Don't Put a Bump In Your Day. Arrive at your intended destination safely. Take slow, short steps. Keep hands free for balance.  
Emoji equation with text: A bandage is an accessory you don't need. Get a grip on snow and ice. Wear shoes or boots with low heels and deep treads.

Use this message as the last in the emoji series.


Cat says, "Cats have keen perception; you are not a cat." Shows woman slipping on icy sidewalk. Text: Look ahead for snow and ice; watch for black ice and hidden spots. Step Wisely e-mail: Cat says, "Cats have a tail for balance; you are not a cat." Shows man on snowy ground holding back in pain. Text: Take slow, short steps on slippery surfaces.  
Cat says, "Cats use claws for traction; you are not a cat." Shows close up of boot with deep tread walking in snow. Text: Wear boots with good tread to avoid slipping on snow and ice.    

dog with tongue out lying on theicy  ground in front of a car with its door open

dog flipping in air above snowy steps


dog lying on its back on icy sidewalk


Look ahead when walk; know where the snow and ice hazards are. Image of man walking in snow with his head up.

Stay on cleared walkways as much as possible. Image of man with his head in a snowbank and feet in the air.

Image of shoe with attachable cleats. Wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice. Image of woman slipping next to her open car door. Hold on to your vehicle's door, roof or assist handle.  
Image of snow-covered stairs with a handrail. Use handrails when walking on snow- or ice-covered steps. Image of car parked next to snow bank. Call ahead to find best place to park when working at an offsite location.  
Image of woman slipping in a parking lot. Allow enough time to get to your destination. Man wearing backpack walking in the snow. Keep hands free for balance.  
Man faced own in parking lot. Pay attention to changing weather conditions. Man slipping on puddle inside. Watch for slick spots on hard floors near entries.  
Foot about to trip on curled rug edge. Watch for wrinkled rugs. Woman sprinkling salt on icy sidewalk.  
Woman with one foot in and one foot out of a pothole. Watch for potholes and heaved pavement. Man losing balance in winter scene. Walk slowly and take small steps when walking on snow or ice.  
Woman walking at night using a flashlight. Use a flashlight when your walk is poorly lit. Well-lit snow-covered path. Choose to park and walk in well-lit areas.