Friday, January 13, 2017

TOP STORY >> Ice, winter safety tips

By Tech. Sgt. Jessica Condit
189th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Winter can be a difficult season whether there’s snow on the ground or ice in the trees. Follow these safety precautions while reporting during inclement weather. 

1. Do not drive fast on icy roads. When ice hits the roads, slick icy buildup and cold slushy water creates a recipe for disaster. To avoid this, prepare and practice proper safety procedures. Driving the speed limit or slightly slower will provide the opportunity for greater reaction time in the event of a sudden stop.

2. Stay alert. Anticipating a stop allows more time to stop slowly, avoiding a spinout or sliding into another vehicle.

3. Be prepared. An important way to prepare for winter weather is to keep necessary items in vehicles. In the event of an emergency, an emergency kit will provide much needed supplies such as flashlights, batteries, blankets, food, water and a first-aid kit.

4. Clear walkways. Pouring salt on walkways melts ice, decreasing chances of slipping. Sand is another winter safety saver that will create traction for those walking over icy surfaces.

5. Be wary of icicles. Icicles in trees and along the roofs of houses and buildings also present a safety hazard. If possible, knock the icicles down using an object.

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