Tips for Geese in Penguin Weather

By Meaghan Menzel

Copy Editor

A view of the frozen Chester River. Temperatures last week were the lowest they have been this year.
A view of the frozen Chester River. Temperatures last week were the lowest they have been this year.

In the past few days, Washington College has seen some brutally cold weather with temperatures dropping even below zero. We had our white Valentine’s Day, our first snow day of the semester, and our icy Birthday Ball, not to mention lots of wind. These weather condi- tions can be pretty rough on students and staff alike, so Buildings and Grounds and Public Safety have offered tips to help beat back the elements, sniffles, and chills.

From Director of Physical Plant Reid Rauden- bush:

Firstly, if you are in dorms like Minta, Reid, Cullen, Hills, and Kent, do not block your heater with furniture like your bed. If you have something against the base- board “blocking the room air that needs to circulate through and over the coil, the room will not become as warm as it should—it is not radiant heat,” Raudenbush said. “If you have a space heater, make sure it is level. Never leave a space heater unattended. Never dry out clothing on a space heater.”

“So far—fingers crossed—we have not had either frozen water lines or power outages.” However, in the event of either, Raudenbush said, “Do not rely on can- dles or anything with an open flame. Use your phone or pick up an LED flashlight—they are cheap and ef-

Secondly, “bundle up…I have seen shorts and flip

flops this week! You hear it all the time: layer, wear a hat (most heat is lost through the head), wear gloves, and most importantly wear sturdy shoes.”

“Put your cell phone in your pocket when walking and have your hands out of your pockets. Look ahead and down as you move, and move slowly. Wear sun- glasses if there is a glare.”

Thirdly, “when encountering snow and ice, take small baby-like steps and point your toes outward like a Penguin. Shuffle if necessary. If you slip and fall, tuck and roll. Avoid landing on your knees and wrists,” he said. “Avoid traveling alone. Stick to the walks and roads—avoid short cuts. Frostbite and hypothermia can happen to you. You might feel dizzy or sluggish or confused. Do not drink caffeine or alcohol. Wrap up in a blanket and call for help.”

From Director of Public Safety Jerry Roderick:

“Students need to have full respect for what effect this cold can have on your body,” he said. “Going out unprepared is very dangerous. Dressing in layers is a must. Limit any time outdoors to a minimum.”

In regards to driving in this winter weather, Roder- ick said, “Make sure your car is in good working order and full of gas. Pay very close attention to road condi- tions while driving. Drifting snow and ice are extreme- ly dangerous driving conditions.”

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