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Be Prepared for Winter Weather

Winter in Princeton often means periods of icy or snowy weather and every storm brings a unique set of hazardous conditions. While Facilities Departments work diligently to remove snow and ice from roads, parking lots, walkways and building entrances, you still may encounter slippery surfaces while walking around campus.

Follow these tips to avoid slips and falls this winter season:

  • Select appropriate footwear. There is no single shoe sole material that is perfect under all conditions; however, footwear with rubber or neoprene composite soles provides better traction on ice and snow than leather or plastic. Learn more about the best boots for winter weather ยป 
  • Allow extra time to get to your destination. Think about the best route to take.  Avoid rushing, taking shortcuts over snow piles, or traversing areas where snow or ice removal is incomplete.
  • If you have no choice but to walk on a slippery surface, bend slightly forward and shorten your stride or shuffle your feet for better stability.
  • Many slips and falls occur during entry or exit from vehicles.  Be particularly careful and hold on to the vehicle for support.
  • Observe caution when walking or driving around snow removal equipment. They often come to sudden stops and the operator may have limited visibility.
  • Use handrails when ascending or descending steps or stairs.

When entering a building, be sure to:

  • Wipe your feet on floor mats to remove tracked-in moisture from the soles of your shoes. This will help protect you, as well as others who follow, from having to walk on wet or slippery surfaces. 
  • Avoid walking on wet or slippery areas, if possible.
  • Report slippery conditions and fall hazards immediately.

You are encouraged to report slippery conditions in University parking lots, walkways and building entrances to the Facilities Customer Service Center at extension 8-8000 from 7:30am-5:00pm. After hours concerns can be left on voice mail or emailed to Immediate safety concerns can also be reported after hours to Public Safety at 8-1000.

University Delayed Openings, Closings or Early Dismissals

Announcements about changes to normal University operating hours will appear on the University home page ( or through the SNOW line (dial 8-SNOW or 609-258-7669). Faculty, staff and students can also subscribe to receive notifications from the Princeton Telephone & Email Notification System (PTENS). Members of the campus community who have arrived after January 1, 2016 are NOT automatically enrolled to receive weather closing notifications and must subscribe, using the PTENS portal. For more information on how to sign up, go to

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