Salt / Sand / Snow Plow drivers will soon be on the roads helping us prepare for the next winter storm. Here are the Top 2 Things They Want You To Know.
1.) Don't crowd the plow. They will likely be going below the posted speed limit, and this can be frustrating when you are trying to get to work or school on time. Allow for additional space between you and the vehicles as they may make multiple passes in a large intersection and will rock back slightly while on inclines (this is where drivers see the most accidents).
2.) Don't pass the plows. They are salting/sanding/plowing to make the roads safer for you. A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. While you may see them, they may not see you. Keep your distance and watch for sudden stops or turns. This may mean leaving earlier than usual to allow for delays. If you must pass, do so with extreme caution.
Whether your shopping takes you to Downtown Lawrence, your favorite shop, or a new adventure, use these tips to keep yourself and your purchases safe.
1.) Keep Your Valuable Out of Sight
Don't leave valuables and personal items (cell phone, iPad, money/change, purse/wallet, GPS units, etc.) in plain sight in your vehicle - even for a short time. This includes removing the suction cup or stand of the GPS unit.
2.) Keep Your Packages/Bags Out of Sight
Don't leave packages or shopping bags in your vehicle in plain sight. If possible, place these in your trunk prior to moving on to your next store.
3) Always Lock Your Vehicle.
While this seems like a no-brainer, it gets forgotten more often than you might think.
4- Always park in lighted areas. Don't park in remote areas.
Another tip related to this is to shop with friends or family. Share your plans with someone close, so they know when to anticipate your return. You could also call on them to help if you have vehicle trouble or need some assistance.
5- Stay Aware of Your Surroundings.
Distractions are all around us, especially with the heavier holiday shopping season upon us. Searching for the store location, that great parking spot, or handling shopping partners can makes us a little less attentive to what's going on around us. Be cautious when traveling between stores on foot or in your vehicle.
Many of us will travel this holiday season or in the near future leaving our homes susceptible to theft. Here are a few tips to prepare your house before you leave on a trip.
Get Some Help from Your Friends / Family
Doors, Windows and Lights
Don't Announce It
While you are encouraged to share your trip with those that will be helping you, don't share your trip on social media or leave a message on your answering machine that you are gone.
Electronics, Electricity and Water
Whether waiting at the bus stop, sledding, working, exercising, etc., keep these tips handy all winter long.
1 - Bring Out Your Layers:
Cooler temperatures are returning to the forecast, so it’s time to pull out your winter weather gear - gloves, scarves, hats and lots of layers. Wearing several warm layers of clothing will help keep you insulated the from cold.
2 - Avoid the Freeze
Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures should be minimized. Use those layers to keep warm, but limit your time outdoors and exposed skin during extreme cold. Also, take a moment to review the signs and symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia
3 - Stop! In the Name of Sweat!
While outdoors in the cold, your body is working overtime to keep warm. Avoid overexerting yourself (shoveling, running, working, etc.) during outdoor activities.
4 - Keep Calm and Know the Chill
Wind chill, that is. That’s the temperature your body feels when the air temperature is combined with the wind speed. These temperatures can get dangerous very quickly. Use the wind chill chart on the CDC page to determine when to go indoors.
These are only 4 of the many tips that can be found by visiting the CDC's website.
Communications are a must during emergencies. You should have more than one way to receive emergency notices, but also consider sharing information with first responders. Here are a few options to consider.
Texting, smart phone apps, social media and other services are also options to keep you connected during small and large emergencies.
Holidays include decorations, parties, friends, food and a sense of celebration. Don't let that celebration turn into an emergency by taking these 3 things into consideration.
1.) Keep These Common Foods Sealed and Away from Pet Areas
2.) Keep These Toxic Plants Out of Reach
3.) Hazards Around the Christmas Tree / Home Decorations
4.) Common Items Which Could Cause Problems
5.) Who To Call? Keep the following contact information easily accessible:
Knowing what weather to expect at home or when traveling will help you plan ahead. Will you or someone in your family need an umbrella, ice scraper, or extra jacket? You can get your daily weather in a number of places and should have more than to rely on.
Travel is high this time of year, but being safe and prepared for travel is a year round effort. Recent travel notices remind travelers to
Many of us will stay in a hotel at some point in the coming year. Use these safety tips to help protect yourself during your next overnight stay.
1.) Put Your Essentials By Your Bed
At night, place your room key, small flashlight, pair of shoes, cell phone and your wallet close to the bed. If there’s an alarm, emergency or the electricity goes out, you’ll have the light you need to navigate an unfamiliar building and your essentials.
2.) Ask for two business cards with the hotel name and address.
Place one by the phone in your room. If there is an emergency, and you call for help, you’ll have the name and address of your location. Place the other in your pocket or purse. If you have to take a cab or get lost, you can show the driver your location and avoid being taken to the wrong hotel.
3.) Determine Your Escape Route
Upon arriving at your room, immediately identify a fire escape route (should be a map on the back of the door). Check the location of the nearest stairwell and/or emergency exit (elevators should be avoided during a fire) and figure out a couple of potential plans for escape in case the hallway is blocked in one direction or another.
4.) Count The Doors
Take the time to not only find the exits, but also count the number of doors between your room and the exit. Make sure the exits are unlocked. If they are locked, report it to management right away.
5.) Report Suspicious Behavior
Immediately report behavior or actions of a suspicious nature to hotel staff.
6.) Stay Visible
When returning to your hotel/motel, remain aware of your surroundings, stay in well-lighted areas, and use the main entrance if possible.
7.) Identify Your Severe Weather Shelter
If severe weather is anticipated ask the front desk about their severe weather plan and if there is a designated shelter. Time yourself to see how long it takes for you to get to the shelter, if available.
In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car. This kit should include:
Be prepared for an emergency by keeping your gas tank full and if you find yourself stranded, be safe and stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives.
*Excerpt from Ready.gov