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Students walking in snowWinter weather is part of being Canadian, but brings with it treacherous conditions.

Facility Services warns against winter weather risks

With winter weather looming, Facility Services warns of potential hazards:

  • 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.

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.

Visit the University of Windsor’s Health & Safety website for more information.