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March’s ‘Lion’ Came Early: Helpful tips on how to safely weather winter storms

Last updated on March 12th, 2018 at 01:08 pm

We’ve all heard the saying about March weather…. If it comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. And as March continues to dump snow across New England, that statement could not be more true. With forecasts calling for yet another storm, it’s important to stay safe on the roads and in your homes. Below are a few winter weather reminders as you prepare for yet another snowy week in New England.

Road safety

  • Check your tire pressure – tire pressure drops about one pound for every 10 degree decrease in temperature, and low tires make handling your car difficult.
  • Play it safe and make sure you always have enough fuel by keeping your gas tank filled above the halfway mark.
  • Check your windshield wipers and top off your windshield washer fluid, too.
  • Keep your vehicle completely clear of ice and snow, including your headlights and roof. It’s safer for you and other drivers, and you’ll get better gas mileage.
  • Remember that salt build-up on your headlights can substantially reduce your nighttime vision, so make sure that you clean your headlights regularly.
  • Slow down! Even if you stay in control of your car, not everyone else around you will. Leave plenty of distance between you and other cars.
  • Distracted driving is dangerous – don’t talk on the phone or text while behind the wheel. Especially when roads are snowy or icy!

Stay safe at home, too…
Watch out for tree limbs and wires

  • Before the storm hits, scan your yard for tree branches that hang close to wires. If they hang over the wires, have them trimmed  to avoid entanglement and power outages.
  • Call a tree or yard company to handle damaged trees and limbs — don’t try to do this yourself, especially if power lines are down.
  • Call your electric company immediately if there are downed wires in your neighborhood.

Power outages increase the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning

  • If you use a generator, make sure it vents outside and be careful when fueling. Plug in carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home.
  • If you use a woodstove or fireplace for heat, please monitor them closely.
  • Candles pose a major risk of fire. Don’t leave them unattended. Flashlights are a much safer source of light. Be sure to have extra batteries.
  • Please remember that gas grills are for outdoor use only.
  • Seek shelter if you need it. The American Red Cross and local media can provide a list of the shelters near you.

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