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Connections faculty and staff newsletter
 February 2011

Be careful out there!

Be careful out there! Caution isn't always fun, but it beats a broken arm.

It's been a wee bit cold, snowy and icy, as you may have noticed. During the recent blizzard, the hard-working folks in Maintenance and Campus Safety spent 14 hours shoveling snow one day, another 10 hours shoveling the next day.

Result? The walkways are well cleared and salted and it is safe to walk about on campus.

The trick is staying safe. During the last storm, one staffer in PR– a mother with a new baby at home– slipped and broke her arm.

Bob Klausmeyer, director of Campus Safety, offers the following ice safety tips:

• Only use crosswalks and walkways that have been cleared. Try not to cross medians in the street or areas that are still covered in snow or ice. Use that crosswalk! That's why they are there.

• Be aware of where you step. Water from melting snow freezes on sidewalks.

• Dress appropriately. Wear good gloves, caps, footwear and clothing outside and change to office apparel inside.

• Keep your hands free. If you slip or fall, you will need them to prevent even more extensive injuries. Use a backpack, duffle bag or other bag with a shoulder strap to carry your items.

• Contact Maintenance (875-7310) or Campus Safety (875-7315) if you observe any areas that have become hazardous.

In a few months, all this cold and snow will be a memory. But until then, drive safely, walk safely and above all, use your head.