University Health Service

Bikes in snow

Cold snap!

By minimizing exposure during times of extremely cold weather, you can have more fun, stay comfortable and reduce the risk of health problems. 

  • Frostbite, which occurs when tissues freeze, usually affecting fingers, toes, nose and ears.  See more about Frostbite from the CDC.
  • Hypothermia, a dangerous cooling of the body core temperture and it requires emergency medical assistance. See more about Hypothermia from the CDC.

Remember to dress warmly and cover exposed skin. Be sure to keep your fingers, toes, nose and ears covered and warm in arctic temperatures to prevent frostbite. This is not the time to wear shorts or flip-flops outside. Layers are good so you can keep warm outdoors and remove outer layers when you get back inside. 

Going out at night?  Stick with friends and use the buddy system. Walk together, take a cab or use Late Night Transportation.

If you plan to drink, Stay in the Blue so you can keep sharp and make the best decisions for yourself and friends. Seriously, no naps in snowbanks!

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