Winter is here and frigid cold temperatures are predicted over the next few days. Some safety tips to consider:
- Dress warmly. Wool is better than cotton.
- Wear a hat, a scarf or knit mask to cover the face and mouth, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens (they are warmer than gloves), water-resistant coat and boots (no flip flops), and several layers of loose fitting clothing.
- Minimize outside activities. Exposure can lead to frostbite. Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in the nose, ears, chin, cheeks, fingers, and toes. Seek medical care if you think you have frostbite.
For students living off campus
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.
- Think twice about using alternate heating sources. These can be dangerous if not used properly. When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as your fireplace, wood stove, or space heater, take the necessary safety precautions. Keep the heat sources 3-feet away from anything that can catch fire. Turn off space heaters when going to bed or leaving the house.
- Know where to find the fire extinguisher; ensuring everyone knows how to use it properly. Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.
- Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or relatives and friends who may need additional assistance to ensure their safety.