MU offers cold-weather tips

Thursday, December 6, 2007 | 1:25 p.m. CST; updated 2:28 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The University of Missouri News Bureau issued a press release Thursday with the cold-weather tips. Here are some of the tips:

  • If a winter storm strands you in your vehicle, stay in the car unless help is visible within 100 yards. If stranded in your vehicle, display a trouble sign by hanging a brightly colored cloth on the radio antenna.
  • Avoid frostbite and hypothermia by selecting proper clothing for the conditions. Wear gloves and a hat, as ears and fingertips are the most prone to frostbite.
  • Take short steps and walk at a slower pace. If you must walk in the street, always walk AGAINST the traffic and as close to the curb as possible.
  • Avoid sneakers and other shoes with rubber soles. Leather soles provide better traction on slippery surfaces.
  • Be aware of surrounding vehicles that may have lost traction and are sliding toward you. Realize that approaching vehicles may not be able to stop at crosswalks or traffic signals.
  • In the event of a significant amount of snow or ice, be cautious of ice on the rooftops which may slide or fall and cause injury.

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