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The Arlington Police Department on Monday, Feb. 12, shared the following safety tips and other important information with the overall Arlington community given the snowstorm expected to start the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 13:

Before a storm
    • Ensure a warm coat, gloves/mittens, hat, water-resistant boots and extra blankets for each member of the household.
    • Check the home emergency kit, replenishing any items missing or running low, especially medications and medical supplies, and keep it nearby.
  • Be sure that you have ample heating fuel. If you have alternative heating sources such as fireplaces, wood- or coal-burning stoves, or space heaters, ensure that they are clean and in working order.
  • Never run a generator in an enclosed space!
  • Make sure all carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly and that outside vents are clear of leaves and debris;  during or after the storm, make sure that they are cleared of snow.
  • Home fires are common each winter when people are trying to stay warm. Review ways to keep the home safe.
  • Bring pets inside before the storm begins. Move other animals to sheltered areas with a supply of non-frozen water;  most animal deaths in winter storms are caused by dehydration.
During a winter storm
  • If possible, stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep a person warmer than a bulky sweater. If you feel too warm, remove layers to avoid sweating; if you feel chilled, add layers.
  • Check on relatives, neighbors and friends, particularly if they are elderly or if they live alone.
  • If you must drive during snowy conditions, make sure that all fluid levels are full and ensure that the lights, heater and windshield wipers are in proper working condition -- and don’t leave the house without a fully charged cell phone, car charger and an emergency supplies kit in your car.
  • If your car gets stuck during a storm, stay in the vehicle; if you leave your vehicle, you likely will become disoriented quickly in wind-driven snow and cold. Ensure that the tailpipe is not clogged with or buried in snow.
After a winter storm
  • Stay informed and pay attention to all information provided by local authorities; check the town website.
  • Avoid driving and other travel until conditions have improved. Even if roadways have been cleared of snow following a storm, any water left on the roadways may freeze, resulting in a clear sheet of ice, also known as black ice.
  • Residents are asked to assist firefighters by promptly clearing snow away from fire hydrants during and after the storm. Snow should be cleared up to 5 feet all around a hydrant so firefighters have enough room to connect a hose.

Dec. 13, 2023: Town gets first measurable snow of season (storm was Jan. 5-6)

This account was published late Monday night Feb. 12, 2024, based on an Arlington Police Department newsletter.