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Winter Weather Safety Tips



    Winter Weather Safety Tips
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    Oncor released the following checklist for keeping yourself safe during times of inclement weather. 


    • 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.


    • 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