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 www.txdot.gov.