Happy New Year! January means returning to school after the Winter Break, and it also means winter weather is in full swing. As we know, the first few months of the year are typically when the state of Missouri has most of its inclement weather for the season. As you are coming back to school and maybe even making plans for this semester, please be mindful of the dangers of traveling in winter conditions and check out these tips to stay safe and warm!
- Check the weather before leaving home
- Consider the wind chill and how it creates even colder conditions
- Dress appropriately: wear multiple layers to trap warm air within, a water/wind resistant outer layer, & wear properly insulated shoes
- Be aware of harsh road conditions & plan ahead
- Beware of ice – its thickness varies which can be deceiving and it creates dangerous driving & walking conditions
- Be cautious drinking alcohol as it will make you feel artificially warm – blood vessels dilate, you lose heat faster, & it increases clumsiness in already tough conditions
- Wear sunglasses/sunscreen as the sunshine rays get reflected off the snow/ice
- Learn the basics of winter driving: maintain properly inflated tires, a full tank of gas, & functioning lights & windshield wipers. Drive with lights on in precipitating conditions
- When you need to go out, practice cautious, slow driving
- Protect your head and extremities, especially, as you lose heat from those areas much faster
- Be prepared in case of a power outage (have a flashlight and batteries, etc.)
- Keep first aid supplies, blankets, & food/water in your vehicle in case of emergency
- Contact University Safety at 417-836-5509 for assistance with inflating tires, jumpstarting vehicles, etc.
- Call 911 if a true emergency
Being prepared for the possibilities of upcoming winter weather, as well as reviewing the university policies that can be found in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, will only help the transition back to school go even more smoothly. Particularly, please remember that although state legislation regarding recreational marijuana use has changed, MSU is still considered a marijuana-free space. We are a federally funded institution and therefore must follow federal regulations. Stay safe and warm during this winter season and make wise choices over the course of this semester!