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Campus Closed Wednesday; Stay Indoors

Editor's Note: The University sent this note to faculty, staff and students at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Dear faculty, staff and students;

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for our area from 4 p.m. Tuesday until 1 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service expects dangerous wind chills as low as minus 40 degrees.

The University of Dayton will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Public Safety, the Student Health Center, Marycrest dining, Virginia W. Kettering dining and the Emporium will be OPEN.

RecPlex, Roesch Library, Kennedy Union, including KU Crossing and Au Bon Pain, Brown Street Bistro, the Galley, Stuart's Landing, the Chill and Riverview Cafe will be CLOSED.

The Dayton Flyers men's basketball game and Tuesday evening classes, Jan. 29, are still ON.

It's important that you take steps to keep yourself safe and protect your residence during these extremely cold temperatures.

Tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for dealing with the extreme cold can be found here. In brief...

  • DO NOT go outside unless absolutely necessary. If you must be outside, dress appropriately. Cover your head, face, ears and mouth with a hat, a scarf or knit mask. Wear sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens (they are warmer than gloves), water-resistant coat and boots and several layers of loose fitting clothing.
  • Frostbite most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes, and can permanently damage the body or lead to amputation in severe cases. Signs of frostbite include redness or pain in any skin area, white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, and numbness. If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. Frostbite can occur in as little as 10 minutes with wind chills well below zero.
  • Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature dips below 95 degrees. Get medical attention immediately. If medical care is not available, get the victim into a warm room or shelter and remove wet clothing.
  • Walking on ice is extremely dangerous. Many cold-weather injuries result from falls on ice-covered sidewalks, steps, driveways and porches. Keep your steps and walkways as free of ice as possible by using rock salt, sand or another chemical deicing compound. Students are responsible for clearing walkways from their houses in the student neighborhoods to the sidewalk.
  • Avoid alcohol because it can impair your perception of the cold and increases risk; avoid both alcohol and caffeinated beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
  • Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other work in the cold. Otherwise, if you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly.

Here are tips from University of Dayton Facilities Management, Residential Properties and Student Development to protect your residences and your property....

  • To prevent frozen pipes, open kitchen sink cabinet and bathroom sink cabinet doors. This allows the heat in your residence to reach water pipes under your sinks. Move items under your sinks away from the pipes to allow better airflow. Also, keep bathroom doors open while not in use and allow your faucets to drip periodically.
  • If you suspect your pipes are frozen, please contact Residential Properties or, if after hours, Public Safety so we can address frozen pipes as quickly as possible. Please do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes by yourself.
  • The optimal temperature for your furnace is between 68 and 70 degrees. If the temperature in your residence falls below 59 degrees, please contact Residential Properties or, if after hours, Public Safety so we can address your issue as quickly as possible. Please do not attempt to fix your furnace or light your pilot light by yourself. Do not use alternative heating devices with open flames to heat your residence.
  • Make sure your thermostat is set to HEAT and windows are securely closed. Keep exterior doors shut and inside doors open to allow for better heat flow.

Stay warm and be safe!

Residential Properties 937-229-3763
Public Safety 937-229-2121
University Health Center 937-229-3131


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