By Emily Nagle
The Meridian Times
With winter inevitably comes snow, and residents of the Meridian Township area do what they can to stay warm and safe in the cold winter winds.
Some people find it an unfortunate part of living in Michigan while others tolerate or even love it, but everyone has their own way of dealing with it and keeping their head up through the cold winter.
Okemos resident Debbie Miller takes precautions by wearing adequate clothing for going outside and being aware of wind-chill factor.
“You can be fooled,” Miller said. “With a bright and sunny day, you may think they’re warm, but sunny days are not as warm as cloudy days.”
Haslett resident Kain Herbert said he is not affected by the cold and that he has learned to deal with the Michigan weather over the years.
“I still go out just as much as I used to,” Herbert said. “If I want to do something, I’m not going to let it stop me from doing it.”
Miller said historically, winter has always been the time for being inside to prepare for when the weather becomes warm again.
“It’s part of the nature of a temperate zone,” Miller said. “You gotta work with the weather.”
Many people try to work with the snow and cold air by bundling up, especially students who attend Michigan State University and walk around all day for classes.
“You never know when you’re gonna have to trek through snow or where you’re gonna be at so definitely wear boots and wear lots of layers,” said Alex Dunkel, a supply chain junior at MSU. “You definitely don’t want to end up being caught frozen in the middle of campus.”
Dr. Mark Sadzikowski, a doctor at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, said bundling up is the best option for staying warm outside.
“You lose 30 percent of your body heat through your head, so if you wear a hat, you’re ahead of the game,” Sadzikowski said. “The heat loss from the head is so significant. If you’re cold, cover your head.”
MSU student Allie Ward, a professional writing and English junior, said she always double and triple layers for classes along with wearing long johns or leggings under her jeans.
Ward is one of the many people who ride to class, whether by bus or car.
Some students drive to class every day and Ward thinks it could be potentially dangerous to have so many cars on the road, she said.
“I think that the bus system could be better to keep people from driving so much because I get that it’s too cold to walk places a lot of the time,” Ward said.
MSU student Taylor Hobbs, a food industry management senior, drives to class and sometimes misses class when it is too cold.
“I’m fortunate enough where I have a parking pass and so I drive more than I walk if it’s this cold,” Hobbs said.
However, walking outside in the cold weather can be detrimental to one’s health by having the potential to cause frostbite or cause people to slip and fall.
Sadzikowski said the most common injury from ice conditions are slips and falls.
MSU student Jeffrey Kahr, an economics junior, said his friend had to receive seven staples in the back of his head after slipping and hitting his head on the ice.
If someone is to fall and break a wrist or ankle, the best way to lessen the pain and make it easier to transport the patient to the hospital is to splint the break with materials such as newspaper, duck tape or wood, Sadzikowski said.
Sadzikowski also said if someone goes home with frostbite, it is best to warm it with water at a temperature of 104 to 105 degrees.