Dane County Sheriff's Office Advises Caution During First Major Storm of the Season

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Plows will have an easier time with less cars on local roads, according to DCSO.

From the Dane County Sheriff's Office, in advance of the impending snow storm:

As most Wisconsinites know, Mother Nature isn’t concerned with whether or not we have our Christmas shopping done, or we’ve been too busy to stock up on winter supplies.  The National Weather Service is warning of a major snowstorm heading toward our area and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind citizens to get prepared.

If you’ll be traveling, make sure your vehicle is ready for winter and check things like:

·            Antifreeze levels; 

 ·           Battery

·            Brakes

·            Exhaust system

·            Fuel and air filters

·            Heater and defroster

·            Oil

·            Thermostat

·            Windshield wiper equipment

·            Tires

 

During winter months, it’s a good rule of thumb to always maintain at least a half tank of gas.  The Sheriff’s Office also recommends that motorists place a winter emergency kit in each vehicle.  Suggested items include:

·            Shovel

·            Windshield scraper

·            Flashlight

·            Battery powered radio and extra batteries

·            Water

·            Snack food

·            Matches

·            Extra clothing like hats, socks and mittens

·            Blankets

As the weather conditions deteriorate, stay tuned to local media for up to date road conditions and travel advisories.  If you must travel during the storm, make sure you are informing friends and family of your route and an approximate time when you will reach your destination. 

In the case of actually being stranded in a vehicle during a storm, call 911 and do not leave the vehicle.  A vehicle will provide shelter, and it is easier for emergency responders to spot.  It’s ok to run the vehicle for short periods of time, but remember to crack a window for air circulation.  It’s also a good idea to check the exhaust pipe on the vehicle to ensure it’s not being blocked by snow.  A car can be confining, but do what you can to move your body as much as possible, at least once an hour.  If possible, hang something brightly colored outside the vehicle to make it stand out in the snow.

As always, the Sheriff’s Office first recommendation during a winter storm is, if you can stay home, please do.  Deputies will be working to ensure everyone is safe, but the fewer people on the road, the easier their jobs, and the jobs of snow plow drivers and other emergency responders, will be.

 

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