By Martin McCoy, Chief of Police
With what seems to be the early arrival of winter weather the Auburn Police Department would like to remind all citizens of several safety tips to practice during the winter season. We encourage all citizens to prepare, pre-plan, stay alert, slow down and stay in control.
Snow and ice covered sidewalks can create hazards for pedestrians and also for children who may walk to school or to a bus stop. Citizens are encouraged not only to clear their own sidewalks but to help their elderly or handicapped neighbors who may not be physically able to shovel snow. It is also good practice to uncover any fire hydrant that may be covered by snow and ice. The City of Auburn does have a local ordinance that requires snow and ice removal from sidewalks within 12 hours.
Driver safety during weather winter
- Check your vehicle tires it may be time for replacement. Make sure your tires have adequate tire tread and are properly inflated. Snow tires are always a good idea.
- Check your windshield wipers; use no freeze windshield washer fluid.
- Several items to consider carrying in your vehicle in case your vehicle becomes stuck or you become stranded: ice scraper, shovel, blanket, flashlight, jumper cables, extra winter clothing (especially hat, gloves and boots), water, snacks, flares or other warning devices.
- Make sure someone knows your route and time frame when you travel.
- Make sure you have an adequate fuel supply.
- Make sure your cell phone is charged or you have a vehicle phone charger.
- Allow plenty of time for vehicle windows to fully defrost before driving.
- Check the weather report before you travel.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Don’t text and drive.
- Slow down and increase distance between vehicles.
- Remember that bridges and overpasses are more susceptible to snow and ice. Slow down and keep your foot off the gas and brakes.
- If you become stuck or stranded stay with your vehicle, put on your emergency lighting, call for help and wait for help to arrive.
The Auburn Police Department hopes these simple tips along with dressing appropriately for the conditions will help everyone have a safe holiday season.