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Tips for a safe, fun winter break

December 10, 2009
By Rebecca Howard

As final projects are turned in, finals are completed and the semester comes to a close, most students have celebration and relaxation on their minds. However, before you leave for home, there are a few things you should consider. By following these tips, you can insure that you will have a safe trip home, and that your belongings will be safe when you return in January.

On-campus living

Students living on campus are required to leave the residence halls no later than Dec. 18 at 10 p.m. The last meal at the dining halls will be served at 2 p.m. that Friday. The residence halls will reopen for spring semester on Jan. 14 at 8 a.m.

Because the residence halls will be closed for the duration of winter break, students must make sure to do these tasks before leaving:

  • Clean and vacuum your room
  • Empty trash into the outside dumpsters
  • Remove decorations that could be a fire hazard
  • Remove personal items from your bathroom
  • Take valuable possessions with you to avoid theft
  • Leave your bicycle in your room and lock it to the bed frame to prevent theft or weather damage
  • Defrost and empty refrigerators and leave doors open
  • Unplug appliances
  • Close and lock doors and windows
  • Close drapes
  • Turn lights off
  • If you are leaving your car over break, park it in a well-lit, frequently used roadway
  • Change your forwarding address on RAMweb so your bill statements will be sent to the proper address.

Off-campus living

If you plan to leave for break, you should take some precautions to make sure your residence will be safe while you are away. It is recommended that you give the impression you have not left.

  • Leave shades and blinds in their normal position
  • Arrange for a neighbor to pick up your mail, or arrange to have delivery services halted while you are gone
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Keep valuables out of plain sight
  • Ask a neighbor to park their car in your driveway every couple of days
  • Keep your heat high enough (50 degrees) to prevent pipes from freezing or bursting

For more tips, check out this online flier from the Off-Campus Life website.

Snow removal

Students living in homes, either rented or owned, should remember to have their sidewalks adjacent to their property shoveled and cleared within 24 hours of a snow fall.

Students who plan to leave during break should make an arrangement with a neighbor, friend or a snow removal service. More information regarding the city ordinance can be found on the Off-Campus Life website.

Traveling students

Students traveling home for break should keep winter safety in mind. Students should let their family know their travel itinerary and planned routes of travel in case of emergency. According to, those who are driving long distances should keep a winter safety kit in their car that includes:

  • Blankets or a sleeping bag
  • Extra clothing
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Non-perishable food
  • Sand or kitty litter (to create traction)

For a complete list of items to include in a car safety kit, or for safe winter driving tips, visit