6 Winter Safety Tips

As the snow starts to fall and temperatures dip below freezing, we’d like to share a few tips to help keep you safe this season:

  1. Walk on the plowed sidewalks. Don’t cut across the green space or over snow banks as you could potentially fall and be injured. The field between Rotary Place and the University isn’t monitored and should you get into trouble the Security team will not know.
  2. Make sure your vehicle is free of snow and ice before you leave home or the University parking lot. Clean off all windows, defrost your windows, and clean your head and tail lights.
  3. As the snow covers the parking lot the parking lines may be harder to judge. Please be respectful of other drivers’ parking spots.
  4. It’s a good idea to keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle should you become stranded. Here are some recommended items:
    1. ice scraper/snow brush
    2. shovel
    3. sand or traction aid (kitty litter works well)
    4. booster cables
    5. first aid kit
    6. extra clothing
    7. blanket
    8. non-perishable energy foods – for example: chocolate or granola bars, bottled water
    9. candle and a small tin can
    10. matches
  5. Check weather and travel conditions before heading out. Don’t take chances if the weather is bad.  Reports on winter road conditions are available at www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions/index.shtml
  6. Take advantage of our 24/7 Safe Walk program. Drop by the Security office and one of our guards will happily walk you to your vehicle, to the Residence building, or to the bus stop.

Remember, prevention is ALWAYS better than recovery.

If you have any security or parking-related questions please don't hesitate to drop by the Security Services offices by Student Central. 

Cars driving in snowy conditions along a road