Tips for Motorists

If you must drive a vehicle, monitor weather and traffic reports for the latest road conditions. Use mass transportation whenever possible.
Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible as these roadways will be cleared first.
Drive slowly. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions. Vehicles, including those with 4-wheel drive, take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.
If you skid, steer in the direction you want the car to go and straighten the wheel when the car moves in the desired direction.
Keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in your car in case you break down or become stuck in the snow.
Try to keep your vehicle’s gas tank as full as possible.
If you get stuck on the road stay with your car and contact a towing company.

Tips for Pedestrians

Exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible.
Wear layers including a hat, gloves and scarf to stay protected from the cold. And, keep clothes and shoes dry.
Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.
Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.

Tips to help customers deal with the storm:

For safety’s sake, don’t touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call your utility company immediately. Depending on the situation, you may also want to call your local police to divert traffic until an O&R crew arrives.

Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash.

If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away, and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.

Stock up on non-perishable food, bottled water, manual can opener, baby supplies and pet food. Set your refrigerator and freezer controls to their coldest settings. Fill the bathtub with water.

Have emergency equipment within reach – portable radio, flashlights, candles and matches, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications. Update your personal list of emergency phone numbers.

If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that your utility company automatically knows about it or that someone else will report it.

Remember: if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage.

If a family member relies on electrically operated medical devices, secure a portable generator or make alternate arrangements for care. O&R does not provide customers with generators.

Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car. Consider having extra cash on-hand, in case ATM machines don’t work.

Learn how to manually open and close any electrically powered garage door, security door or gate.


Things to have in your trunk for the winter.

  • Snow scraper/brush
  • collapsible shovel
  • windshield washer fluid
  • de-icing sand, salt or kitty litter
  • jumper cables
  • tow rope
  • flares
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • candles and matches in a waterproof container or bag
  • first aid kit
  • blanket
  • bottled water and snacks
  • Geico 2014 fall/winter

 




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