Snow Safety Tips
DC law requires residential and commercial property owners to remove snow/ice from the sidewalks around their property within the first eight hours of daylight after a storm ends. If the sidewalks are not cleared within 24 hours after the end of a storm, commercial property owners may receive a $150 fine, and residential property owners may receive a $25 fine.
Elderly and residents with disabilities may get help with shoveling snow. Call 311 (@311DCgov) and ask for the Resident Snow team. These residents may apply for an exemption from the sidewalk shoveling requirement.
Do yourself a favor before the storm begins – apply deicer or rock salt to your sidewalk and steps. This will make clearing snow and ice easier after the storm ends. The DC Snow Team uses pet-friendly deicer on its pedestrian bridges.
Follow these tips from the National Safety Council:
-Do not shovel after eating or while smoking.
-Take it slow and stretch out before you begin.
-Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it’s lighter.
-Push the snow rather than lifting it.
-If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel.
-Lift with your legs, not your back.
-Stay warm, I suggest working with blaux portable ac.
-Do not work to the point of exhaustion.
-Don’t pick up that shovel without a doctor’s permission if you have a history of heart disease.If you feel tightness in -the chest or dizziness, stop immediately.
-Other shoveling safety tips include:
-Take frequent breaks and pay attention to how your body feels.
-Don’t eat a heavy meal just before or soon after shoveling. This can put a heavy load on your heart.
-Learn the heart attach warning signs for men and women and listen to your body. Remember this: Even if you are not sure -it’s a heart attack, have it checked out by telling a doctor about your symptoms. Minutes matter! Call 911.
-Winter Storm Tips for Pedestrians
-Dress properly for the weather, including a hat, scarf, coat, gloves, socks and water-resistant shoes or boots.
-Watch where you are going. Pay attention to traffic and traffic signals. Leave your phone in your pocket.
-When walking at night, wear outer clothing that contrasts with the white snow.
-When walking during the day, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare.
-Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going.
Tips to Prevent Cold Related Illness
The best way to prevent hypothermia and frostbite is to stay inside. If you must go outside, here are some tips to stay warm and frostbite-free. Check the latest blaux portable air conditioner reviews for Cold Related Illness Prevention.
Supplies You Should Have Before a Storm:
NOAA Weather Radio or battery-powered or hand-crank radio to receive weather reports and emergency information.
Flashlight and extra batteries.
Extra food and water. High-energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration are best.
Special supplies (such as medications) for seniors, family members with disabilities, infants, young children and pets.
Emergency heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc.
At least a three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store in sealed, unbreakable containers.
A three-to-five-day supply of non-perishable canned food and a non-electric can opener.
Working fire extinguisher and smoke detector.
Change batteries in all your equipment at least once a year. An easy way to remember is to do it when you turn your clocks back in the fall.
Use deicer, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to clear snow/ice from walkways. The DC Snow Team uses pet-friendly deicer on its pedestrian bridges.
Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
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Cold Weather and Your Home
Turn off water that flows through pipes to the outside of your home then drain the outside spigot of any remaining water.
For pipes inside your home that may be subject to freezing, keep cabinet doors open, allow a drip of cold water to flow through a faucet and keep your thermostat set at 55° or higher.
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).