Winter Chill Precautions - December 13, 2016

An arctic blast is expected to hit the New York City area Wednesday night 12/14 through Friday 12/16, with temperatures predicted to dip as low as 12 degrees Fahrenheit at times.

In the face of this frigid weather, Facilities and Operations has been working hard to keep building temperatures at a safe and comfortable level. We would like to remind you that you can help prevent loss or damage of your property during this extreme cold temperature.

In advance of the freezing temperatures, here are a few simple things you can do to help in your room or office:

  • Take precautions.
    • Close and lock all windows, including in spaces not normally occupied. (It is in these "forgotten" rooms that, in addition to wasting energy, an open window can cause freezing and split pipes and resulting damage. It may be useful to designate someone to this task so it is not forgotten.)
    • Leave all radiator valves and fan coils turned on to ensure adequate heating and to avoid freeze damage. Fan coils should be set to the slowest speed setting. If you have questions about valve or coil settings, please contact the Facilities Services Center at x4-2222.
    • Clear clothing or furniture away from heaters to avoid inadequate heating that may cause freeze-ups and damage.
    • Make sure all faucets are off.
    • Close fume hoods when not in use and shut down non-essential lab equipment.
  • Be in touch. If you see an unsafe condition including leaks, opened windows and doors, or other issues, please immediately call our Facilities Services Center at 212-854-2222. We are open 24/7 and are prepared to handle your calls.
  • Be careful. Safety is our priority - use caution when navigating around campus.

These few simple steps will help protect your property and prevent burst pipes and other building issues. We appreciate your support and patience as we work together to keep our campus safe, beautiful and functional. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Facilities Services Center at x4-2222.

Frank Martino
Vice President, Operations
Columbia University Facilities and Operations

December 13, 2016