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Winter Weather Safety

With the colder temperatures of winter comes an increased chance of severe weather in the city.  Severe weather can include high winds, flooding rain/ice/snow.  Are you prepared for severe weather and do you know what to do in the event of inclement winter weather?

Check out the following tips for what to do in the event of severe weather on campus:

  1. Drive safely in the snow ​means changes in the way you drive. Snow, sleet and ice can lead to hazardous road conditions.
  2. Avoid strain while shoveling: avoid over-exerting yourself while shoveling snow or performing any other hard work or heavy lifting. Extreme cold puts extra strain on your heart and cardiovascular system.  Take your time and use best practices for back safety.
  3. Wear multiple layers of clothing to stay warm, as well as a hat, scarf, mittens, a water-resistant jacket and boots.
  4. Avoid ice wherever possible. It's extremely easy to fall on ice-covered pavement, sidewalks, stairs and curbs, and many winter weather injuries occur every year on icy surfaces like these.