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Sledding…..

Sledding with friends and family members has been a winter ritual for generations. Anywhere there’s snow and a hillside, you can find people sledding. You probably went sledding as a kid, and you’ll want to share this fun activity with your kids. But sledding can also cause injuries, some of them pretty serious. To keep your kids safe while sledding, make sure they follow these safety tips. http://ow.ly/t7rp0

Parking Lot Safety & Sidewalk Maintenance

  • Road salt does not work on cold days, less than 15º F.
  • Anti-icing chemicals must be applied prior to snow fall.
  • Sand only works on top of snow as traction. It provides no melting.
  • De-icing works best if you plow before applying material.
  • De-icers melt snow and ice. They provide no traction on top of snow and ice.
  • Calcium chloride can cause deterioration of concrete pavers. The instructions on many chloride bags contain warnings that calcium should not be used on Portland cement concrete products or on clay pavers.
  • Urea also may be used if there is no concern about killing plants. Urea does not cause efflorescence, but it is very expensive compared to calcium chloride and concentrations of nitrogen at the run-off points may kill vegetation.

De-Icing Guidelines, Melt Times, Melt Characteristics, and More! http://www.mnltap.umn.edu/publications/factsheets/documents/winter/parkinglot.pdf

Preparing for winter…. are you ready?

Much of the country periodically experiences severe and sustained cold weather, with snowfalls interspersed with periods of melting and freezing. This can inflict considerable damage on homes. Here are some tips and steps you can take to keep your home safe and make insurance losses less likely during extended severe weather.

Winter Storm Fire Safety- A wide range of natural disasters occurs within the United States every year. Natural disasters can have a devastating effect on you and your home. The U.S. Fire Administration encourages you to use the following safety tips to help protect yourself, your family and your home from the potential threat of fire during or after a winter storm. You can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a fire casualty by being able to identify potential hazards and following the outlined safety tips.

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Winter Driving

Driving in bad weather is a major cause of accidents. When you are driving, particularly on a long trip, make sure to stay tuned to radio reports about weather conditions. If you hear that an ice storm, hurricane, tornado, flood, hail or other severe weather is expected on the route you are taking or at your intended destination, change your travel plans. Whatever reason you have for going where you are going cannot be as important as saving your life.

If you are already in an area that is being hit by bad weather, don’t try to drive your way out of it. Seek shelter for both you and your car and wait for the storm to pass.