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Winter Safety: Knowing the Terms

Winter Weather is Coming:

Winter Storm Outlook - Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected and may be hazardous. Winter Storm Watch - Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. Winter Storm Warning - Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours.

What to Do:

  • Clear Rain gutters

  • Place plastic over windows to reduce heat loss

  • Identify and know how to use the main water shut-off valve(s)

  • Stock up on fuel in case of power failure

  • Remove tree branches that may contact the building if snow or ice accumulation occurs

  • Mark locations of fire hydrants, curbs, drains speed bumps and other features that may be hidden by snowfall to prevent damages.

  • Check that you have a snow removal plan in place and ready

  • Stock up on salt and sand

  • Check insulation around pipes

  • Keep snow, water, and ice away from hydrants, valves, and standpipe connections

  • Determine where snow should be moved to

  • Seal gaps in the Building’s exterior to prevent weather, as well as rodents from entering the building

Icy Conditions:

Freezing Rain - Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines. Sleet - Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.

What to Do (in addition to previously mentioned)

  • Stock up on salt and sand to reduce the risk of a slip and fall

  • Clear walkways of ice as soon as possible

  • Check railings and fix any that are lose

  • Set downspouts to drain in areas away from foot traffic

Snow Fall

Blizzard Warning - Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow

What to Do (in addition to previously mentioned)

  • Clear parking areas and walkways as soon as weather calms down

  • Clear snow off of roofs to reduce risk of structure collapse (if dangerous to access roof, hire a contractor who is qualified)

  • Check that drains are clear for run off of melting snow

Dropping Temperatures

Wind Chill- the temperature it “feels like” when you are outside Frost/Freeze Warning - Below freezing temperatures are expected.

What to Do (in addition to previously mentioned)

  • If the temperature is dropping, let your faucets drip slowly to prevent pipes from freezing

  • Make sure all pipes are properly insulated

  • Know how to shut of water valve in case of bursting pipe

  • Maintain a temperature of at least 45 degrees in all unoccupied building areas, including any basements or attic areas.

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