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Winter Weather Safety Tips

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010  |  Updated 3:45 PM CDT
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Winter Weather Safety Tips

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Oncor released the following checklist for keeping yourself safe during times of inclement weather. 

Vehicles:

  • Check antifreeze and tire pressure in all tires, including the spare.
  • Make sure the gas tank is full.
  • Check wiper blades, water hoses and all fluids to make sure the levels are correct.
  • Keep a de-icer or ice scraper handy to ensure clear visibility before leaving your location.
  • Check weather conditions in advance  and plan ahead in case you need extra time.
  • Watch out for black ice on the roads, a condition that occurs when streets develop a thin sheen of ice that is difficult to see and navigate.
  • Avoid other drivers and backing up the vehicle.
  • Increase car following distances according to weather conditions.
  • Take a blanket and food in case of emergencies.
  • Walk the safety circle. In utility terms, this practice means walking completely around the vehicle to check for any obstructions or people BEFORE leaving for your destination.

Office and home:

  • Check windows and doors for proper caulking and weather-stripping.
  • Keep salt handy for walkways.
  • Set thermostats at 68 degrees or lower.
  • Make sure sprinkler systems are turned off.
  • Protect outdoor faucets from freezing temperatures.
  • Make sure generators have full gas tanks and are operated only when utility crews are out of the area.

Personal:

  • Wear proper clothing. Oncor crews wear insulated overalls, hat liners, heavy gloves and sturdy shoes when working in cold weather.
  • Take breaks when necessary to avoid frostbite.
  • Move around to keep good circulation.
  • Hydrate with warm fluids.
  • Wear overshoes and keep extra pairs handy.

As always, to report power outages call Oncor at 1-888-313-4747. For additional transportation related information please visit the TxDOT Web site www.txdot.gov.

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