February 2010 Driving Safely in Winter Weather


Cedar Mountain Fire Protection District

 

This is the second in a series of articles concerning winter and the Cedar Mountain Fire Protection District.  Please remember if you witness something out of the ordinary during snow removal operations, please call Station #1 (435-682-3225).  Be prepared to give your name, subdivision name, time of day of the unusual activity, and if possible, either the make/model or license number of the vehicle involved.  The Board of Trustees can act on this information to correct any irregularities that might be occurring during the snow removal process.

Also, keep in mind, snow banks are unusually high right now at intersections and in some cases block your view as you attempt to enter the main roads.  Please use caution.

This month’s tip:

                                                Driving Safely in Winter Weather

*Make sure your vehicle is tuned up, check the level of antifreeze, make sure the battery is good, and check your tire tread or put on snow tires.

*Keep emergency gear in your car for everyday trips:  cell phone, flashlight, jumper cables, sand or kitty litter (for traction), ice scraper, snow brush, and small shovel, blankets, and warning devices (flares, reflectors)

*For long car trips, keep food, water, extra blankets, and required medication on hand.

*Avoid driving in snow or ice storms.  If you must travel in bad weather, drive slowly.  Let someone know what route you’re taking and when you plan to arrive so they can alert authorities if you don’t get there.

*If your car is parked outside, make sure the exhaust pipe and the area around it are free of snow before you start the car.  Snow packed in or around the exhaust pipe can cause high levels of carbon monoxide in the car.

*Don’t sit in a parked car with the engine running unless a window is open.  Do not let your car run while parked in a garage.

*If your stalls or gets stuck in snow, light two flares and place one at each end of the car, a safe distance away.  Make sure snow has not blocked the exhaust pipe.  Then stay in your vehicle and open a window slightly to let in fresh air.  Wrap yourself in blankets and run your vehicles’ heater for a few minutes every hour to keep warm.

The CMFPD hopes you find this information helpful. 

                                                                                    Mike Petullo CEM Chairman

                                                                                     CMFPD Board of Trustees