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students walking in heavy snowWinter weather brings with it treacherous conditions.

Facility Services warns of cold-weather hazards

Winter is coming, and with it comes potential hazards, warns Facility Services:

  • Slips, trips, and falls;
  • Wet, freezing conditions for walking or driving;
  • Frostbite and hypothermia;
  • Falling objects such as ice; and
  • Poor visibility.

Director of operations John Regier offers the following tips to keep safe.

Get informed. Check weather reports regularly to ensure you are informed. When winter weather is severe, check the University of Windsor website and your University email inbox for school closing reports before leaving for campus.

Check local news sources for bus and traffic reports:

Protective clothing is needed for any outdoor activity at or below 4°C. When selecting a jacket, gloves, or a hat, be sure it suits the temperature, weather conditions, and the level and duration of your activity.

During the winter season, it is imperative that you choose a good pair of winter boots that will enable you to gain traction on slippery and wet surfaces. The outer material of your footwear should be water repellent or waterproof to keep your feet warm and dry.

When walking, be safe, smart, and seen! Allow yourself more time to arrive at your destination. Slips, trips, and fall accidents can be associated with inattention or being in a hurry. When using stairs, always use the handrails.

If you identify any unsafe conditions at the University of Windsor, please report it during business hours (from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to 519-253-3000, ext. 2850, or email repair@uwindsor.ca. After hours, on weekends or holidays, call Campus Police at 519-253-3000, ext. 1234.

Visit the University’s Health and Safety website at www1.uwindsor.ca/safety/safetytalks for more information on avoiding Cold Stress and safe Winter Driving.

Regier endorses these additional sources of information: