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DELARANEWS

Traffic Coordinator

Dave Maynard, WA3EZN

How about that early winter weather? Starting with lake effect snows in Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo and New York? I was raised in Pennsylvania about one mile south of Lake Erie so I know a little about lake effect. Shovel your way out in the morning to go to work and shovel your way back in at night when you get home. My son lives in Cranesville Pennsylvania and he has sent me some striking pictures of their snow including a picture where interstate 90 was shut down and declared impassible. Then there was the storm on North Carolina with a large amount of snow in some areas. But I find it hard to imagine it snowing one foot per hour for several hours. People were stuck in buildings, trapped in cars and they even had some roof collapse on several building. I wasn't there so maybe the news media hyped it up some for headline affect. Here in Columbus Ohio we had some snow but not like the other areas have been hit. The snow whitened the grass and then simply disappeared. So I think that this is a good time to think about winter safety. It doesn’t matter if you are just heading out the door to work or taking that trip to grandma’s house for Christmas you should be thinking about car safety. Here are some things you should do to prepare for that snow emergency. Don't get stranded out in the cold. Here are things you may want to check on and have in your car for winter travel. You probably have these things, but they are no good to you in your house or garage when you are stuck on the road. All you need to do is gather them and place them in your car before leaving home and traveling. Before you leave on a road trip, make sure all of the following are in safe operating condition. Windshield Wiper Fluid; Heater/Defroster; Wiper Blades; Antifreeze; Lights; Fuel System and a Full Tank of Gas; Ignition - Exhaust System; Tire condition; Battery; Brakes; Jack and lug wrench to change a tire and check tire pressure in all four tires and the spare tire Items you should have available if needed. Flashlight, plus extra batteries (or a hand-crank flashlight); jumper cables; first-aid kit; bottled water; road flares or reflective warning triangles; small fire extinguisher in case of a car fire; gloves, rags, hand cleaner (such as baby wipes); Duct tape; foam tire sealant for minor tire punctures; rain coat or poncho; non-perishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, raisins, and peanut butter; battery– or hand-crank–powered radio; lighter or box of matches; spare change and cash; paper maps in case GPS is not functioning. For those in wintry areas, adding these items for your personal safety, blankets; gloves; hats; ice scraper and snow shovel; cat litter; blanket; tire chains and tow strap; hand warmers; winter boots for longer trips; sleeping bag for longer trips.. I think by now you got the idea. Being prepared is a good policy.
DELARANews

Traffic

Coordinator

Dave Maynard, WA3EZN

How about that early winter weather? Starting with lake effect snows in Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo and New York? I was raised in Pennsylvania about one mile south of Lake Erie so I know a little about lake effect. Shovel your way out in the morning to go to work and shovel your way back in at night when you get home. My son lives in Cranesville Pennsylvania and he has sent me some striking pictures of their snow including a picture where interstate 90 was shut down and declared impassible. Then there was the storm on North Carolina with a large amount of snow in some areas. But I find it hard to imagine it snowing one foot per hour for several hours. People were stuck in buildings, trapped in cars and they even had some roof collapse on several building. I wasn't there so maybe the news media hyped it up some for headline affect. Here in Columbus Ohio we had some snow but not like the other areas have been hit. The snow whitened the grass and then simply disappeared. So I think that this is a good time to think about winter safety. It doesn’t matter if you are just heading out the door to work or taking that trip to grandma’s house for Christmas you should be thinking about car safety. Here are some things you should do to prepare for that snow emergency. Don't get stranded out in the cold. Here are things you may want to check on and have in your car for winter travel. You probably have these things, but they are no good to you in your house or garage when you are stuck on the road. All you need to do is gather them and place them in your car before leaving home and traveling. Before you leave on a road trip, make sure all of the following are in safe operating condition. Windshield Wiper Fluid; Heater/Defroster; Wiper Blades; Antifreeze; Lights; Fuel System and a Full Tank of Gas; Ignition - Exhaust System; Tire condition; Battery; Brakes; Jack and lug wrench to change a tire and check tire pressure in all four tires and the spare tire Items you should have available if needed. Flashlight, plus extra batteries (or a hand-crank flashlight); jumper cables; first-aid kit; bottled water; road flares or reflective warning triangles; small fire extinguisher in case of a car fire; gloves, rags, hand cleaner (such as baby wipes); Duct tape; foam tire sealant for minor tire punctures; rain coat or poncho; non- perishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, raisins, and peanut butter; battery– or hand- crank–powered radio; lighter or box of matches; spare change and cash; paper maps in case GPS is not functioning. For those in wintry areas, adding these items for your personal safety, blankets; gloves; hats; ice scraper and snow shovel; cat litter; blanket; tire chains and tow strap; hand warmers; winter boots for longer trips; sleeping bag for longer trips.. I think by now you got the idea. Being prepared is a good policy.