Its no secret that here in the North West we are not very good at snow. Our scenery has changed into a beautiful white winter but it comes along with car accidents and school closer. We want all of you to stay safe and healthy during the freezing winter. Please take the time to be prepared.
Do you have to drive? Here are some tips on making the most of the roads.
- Always keep your gas tank at least half full.
- If you can, avoid using your parking break.
- If you are warming your car up remember not run it in an enclosed area.
- Remember slowing down, stopping, and accelerating will take longer than usual.
- Increase following distances.
- Avoiding coming to a complete stop will help you navigate slippery roads easier and help you save gas. Especially, do not stop going up a hill.
- Continue to check your tire pressure and make sure they are properly inflated.
Preparing your home:
- Keep walkways and stairs free of ice.
- Using grit, sand or non clumping cat litter will help give you traction on slippery ice and snow.
- If the temperature is going to drop severely, turn off your water flow to ensure your pipes don’t freeze.
- If your pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate)
- If you are aware that a storm is coming, you can apply deicer or rock salt to your driveway or parking lots.These lower trafficked areas will be the most difficult after the storm hits.
Above all just use common sense. If you do not have to be outside it is always best to stay home. Stay warm and stay safe.