Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snowmaggedon Safety

Be Snow Careful!

  • Don't drive if you don't absolutely have to for an actual emergency. If you get stuck in the road you will block snowplows and/or emergency vehicles from getting through. If you run into a problem help may not be able to reach you for an extended period of time.
  • If you do need to drive bring emergency supplies. Think of what you would like to have if you get to hang out in your car for a day or so with the car not running.
  • Shoveling snow is hard work. Take it easy, hydrate, and take breaks. Stop and do some light stretching from time to time.
  • Be prepared to deal with emergencies as regular services may not be able to reach you. Be familiar with what is in your first aid kit. You know, the one you were supposed to get when you went to the store for bread and milk?
  • Be prepared for extended power outages. Be smart about keeping warm. Don't risk burning down your house or dying of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If power lines are downed by ice or wind treat them as though they are energized and keep clear. 
  • 911 is for serious emergencies only. Don't tie up emergency lines and dispatchers for non-emergency issues like power outages, road clearing questions, or sushi delivery.
  • Don't do anything stupid. Wait until the weather clears for that. :)

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