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Winter Tips

  • Stay indoors during the storm.

  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.

  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.                                                                                                              Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major                                                                                                                    cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel                                                                                                                snow, stretch before going outside.

  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent                                                                                                                 a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its                                                                                                                         insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.

  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of                                                                                                                    feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.

  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and drink warm, non-alcoholic beverages. Get medical help as soon as possible.

  • Don’t drive unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.

  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).

  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

  • Close office windows before leaving for the day. Windows left open frequently lead to frozen pipes which can burst and cause costly damage to departmental property, research and buildings.



  • Drip warm water from your faucets to keep them for freezing..

  • Keep cabinet doors open to uninsulated pipes. 

  • Have fully-charged batteries and flashlights on hand. 

  • Use portable generators, camp stoves or grills at least 20 feet away from home to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Keep sand, kitty litter or salt in your car if you have to drive in case you get stuck.

  • Keep bottled water on hand in case of freezing pipes.

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