ABERDEEN, S.D. - The region's cold snap is snapping hard on the Northern State University campus, but students can stay safe and warm with cold-weather tips and activities.
Ways to keep safe during extreme cold
- Don't drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages - they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages or broth.
- Dress warmly and stay dry
- Wear a hat, a scarf or knit mask, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens (they are warmer than gloves), water-resistant coat and boots, several layers of loose-fitting clothing
- Notify friends and family where you will be before you travel and have winter emergency supplies in your car
- Warning signs of hypothermia: shivering, exhaustion; confusion, fumbling hands; memory loss, slurred speech; drowsiness
- Signs of frostbite: A white or grayish-yellow skin area; skin that feels unusually firm or waxy; numbness
Hypothermia is a medical emergency and frostbite should be evaluated by a health care provider.
On-campus hot spots
- The Student Center's six fireplaces are blazing away and ready to toast your toes
- Campus Activities Board will fill you with hot pancakes starting at 11 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Student Center
- Steele Hall's Hot Chocolate Bar starts at 9 p.m. Dec. 17, with hot chocolate mixes and assorted toppings: marshmallows, caramels, cinnamon, whipped cream, peppermint sticks. All with cold hands and a sweet tooth are welcome.