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Tips to Prepare for the Winter Season

 

Now that Charles County has received its first snowfall, here are tips to be better prepared during the winter season:

 

Your Home:

  • Winterize your home by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows.  This includes structures for livestock and pets.Clear rain gutters. Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. 
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. Have sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.   All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear. 
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

Your Vehicle:

  • Ensure antifreeze levels are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Check your battery and ignition system.  It should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
  • Keep a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Ensure heater and defroster work properly.
  • Check oil for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal faster at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Repair any problems with wiper equipment and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Make sure tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. 
  • Prepare an emergency kit including: shovel, windshield scraper, flashlight, blanket, tow rope, booster cables, emergency flares, and rock salt.

 

 

Know Winter Weather Terms:

The National Weather Service urges residents to keep abreast of local forecasts and warnings and familiarize themselves with key weather terminology.

  • Frost/Freeze Warning - Below freezing temperatures are expected.
  • Freezing Rain - Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice.   
  • Sleet - Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground causing roads to freeze and become slippery.
  • Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. 
  • Winter Storm Watch - A winter storm is possible in your area. 
  • Winter Storm Warning - A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.
  • Blizzard Warning - Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.

 

 

Stay Informed: 

Visit these online sites for latest Charles County severe weather updates: 

 

 

Clearing Sidewalks During the Winter Season

 

With winter precipitation in the forecast, the Charles County Department of Public Works reminds residents to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice after winter storms. Keep your neighborhoods safe for emergency personnel, pedestrians, and cyclists by clearing sidewalks. Remember to assist elderly and disabled neighbors who are unable to move snow.

 

Clearing driveways AND any adjacent sidewalks of snow is the responsibility of each property owner.   Dorchester Circle and ALL side streets (with the exception of town home associations) are owned and maintained by the county and/or it's contractors.   Townhome communities within Dorchester, have private roads and each respective HOA is responsible for snow removal and maintenance of the roads within their community.

 

When shoveling your sidewalk, remember to:

  • Dress appropriately in warm layers, and cover exposed skin.Use a sturdy shovel.
  • Bend knees to lift snow. Use your legs, shoulders, and torso. Do not use your back. 
  • Push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads at a time.
  • Remember to rest when needed and hydrate. 
  • Avoid overexertion by taking breaks. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack, which is a major cause of death during the winter.
You can also download and print a copy of the Charles County Snow Removal Schedule for your reference.

 

 


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