Be Careful After a Winter Storm

During Winter Storm

Stay alert, stay safe, stay warm.

  • Stay off streets and roads until they are clear of snow.
  • Continue to monitor media for emergency information and follow instructions from public safety officials.
  • Call 2-1-1 to find locations of warming centers or shelters near you or for other storm-related questions.
  • Use caution and take frequent breaks when shoveling snow to prevent overexertion. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter.
public safety

Report concerns.

  • Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies, including downed power lines and gas leaks.
  • Stay away from downed utility wires. Always assume a downed power line is live.
House Ice

Check on your home.

  • Clear exhaust vents from direct vent gas furnace systems to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working as it is a silent, odorless, killer.
  • Check your roof and clear accumulated snow to avoid roof collapses.

After Winter Storm

Be a good neighbor.

  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions and those who may need additional assistance.
  • Clear snow from around vehicle exhaust pipes before starting the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Dig out fire hydrants and storm drains in your neighborhood.
  • Clear snow from the sidewalk on your property, including nearby curbs to allow wheelchair access. 
  • Be aware of children playing in the streets, particularly climbing on or running out from behind large snowdrifts. Parents should remind their children to be aware of plowing operations and traffic.