Environmental Health and Safety provides services and support for efficient, effective, and compliant work practices, while promoting a culture of shared responsibility by students, faculty, staff, and visitors for a healthy, safe, and environmentally sound educational and research community at the University of Chicago.
Pedestrians have been known to walk into people or objects, step in front of traffic, and fall off curbs while using mobile devices. Distraction from mobile devices reduces situational awareness, increases unsafe behavior and puts you at greater risk for accidents. When you are chatting, texting, or playing games on a mobile device you are less likely to recognize potential hazards. Follow these tips to help keep you safe while walking. When using headphones maintain a volume where you can still hear traffic and your surroundings. If you need to make a phone call, text, or do anything that could distract you from your surroundings, stop and move away from the pedestrian traffic flow. Cross the street at crosswalks, remain cognizant of other pedestrians, vehicles, bikes, and the topography around you.