snow covering lawns, trees and signs at north end of campusBe winter wise and take precautions during cold weather, advises Facility Services.

Winter weather presents hazards, Facility Services warns

With the first snow of the season already having visited campus, Facility Services warns that wintry weather presents potential hazards.

They include:

  • 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.

Wear appropriate clothing. When selecting a jacket, gloves, or a hat, be sure it suits the temperature, weather conditions, and the level and duration of your activity.

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.

Be safe, smart, and seen when walking. Allow yourself more time to arrive at your destination. Inattention or hurrying can lead to accidents. Always use handrails when using stairs.