If winter storms or other inclement weather causes campus to be closed, you’ll find out through the Westminster’s Emergency Notification System. Update your Self-Service profile to keep your contact information up to date.
Driving in Winter
Winter brings snow and fun, but also hazardous driving conditions. Keep these tips in mind when driving during winter conditions:
- Check the weather before you leave.
- Try to schedule travel around winter storms, and let people know when you expect to arrive.
- Prepare your car for winter by checking tire tread and air pressure, brakes, battery, and fluid levels.
- Take it slow. Stopping and turning will be different in icy conditions.
- Be prepared for when things don’t go to plan. Keep some basic supplies in your car, such as:
- Ice scraper
- Snow brush
- Jumper cables
- Road salt
- Reflective triangles
- Food and water
- Cell phone charger
Walking in Winter
Snow and ice build-up can create slippery walking surfaces.
- Check the conditions of the walking surface (look before you step).
- Wear shoes with good traction.
- Use handrails when possible.
- Watch out for slippery floors. When snow and ice are tracked indoors, it can create slippery walking surfaces inside buildings. Wipe your feet on floor mats after going inside.
- If you start to fall, relax. Try to sit down.
- Walk like a penguin (shuffle steps, weight centered over feet, arms out for balance).
Space heaters can be a good way to stay comfortable when it gets chilly, but they can also pose a fire hazard.
- Space heaters are NOT allowed in any residence halls. Instead, use blankets and layer clothing to stay warm. Submit a maintenance request if the heating system in your building isn't working properly.
- Space heaters used in non-residence campus buildings must be in good working order and must be electrically powered (not fuel-burning). Check the equipment label to make sure the heater has been tested by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), or Intertek (ETL).
- Check to make sure the electrical cord is in good condition and that there are no cracks or exposed wires.
- Use space heaters equipped with an automatic shut-off when the heater is tipped over or when the desired temperature is reached.
- Keep space heaters separated from combustible or flammable materials (paper, cloth, etc.) and placed in a location where the heater and its cord will not cause a trip hazard.
- Space heaters must be plugged directly into a wall outlet, not into a power strip or extension cord, as these items could overheat and potentially cause a fire.
- Turn off your space heater when you leave the area, especially if you are leaving for the day or weekend.