It seems obvious that walking on ice is dangerous and we should take extra cautions when doing so. However, the number of injuries and attempts to walk on ice dramatically increase in bad weather. Often times, people slip on “black ice” and do not even know it is there. The vast majority of people do not know how to properly walk on ice. Keep in mind that in most states one cannot sue anyone if they fall and get hurt on a natural accumulation of ice and/or snow.
First, what is “black ice” and when should we expect to encounter it? The American Meteorological Society Glossary of Meteorology states that black ice “a thin sheet of ice, relatively dark in appearance,