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Vernon Officials: Think Safety for Snowstorm Cleanup

Snow piles need to be checked to assure that street numbers are visible.

Photo Credit: Chris Dehnel
Photo Credit: Chris Dehnel
Vernon Mayor Daniel Champagne and local fire and safety officials are reminding residents, building tenants, and homeowners to, "help make themselves and the community safe."

On Friday, they offered a few tips: 

• Officials are asking that everyone help the volunteer firefighters by clearing snow from hydrants near their homes or businesses. It will help by making the hydrants quick to find and to connect fire hoses to during a fire. 

• Officials are also reminding residents to be sure that blowing and drifting snow does not block their exits, does not block vents for appliances such as furnaces, clothes dryers, and auxiliary heating equipment, and does not block fresh air intakes.

• Because of predicted very low temperatures and windy conditions, tenants and owners are reminded to check their homes and businesses to be sure that all doors, windows, and other overlooked building openings (missing or poor fitting siding, broken sheathing, etc) are properly sealed to reduce the risk of freezing pipes.

• Snow piles need to be checked to assure that street numbers are visible from the street. All emergency responders (police, fire, and EMS) rely on street numbers to find you in an emergency. And check that piles of cleared snow do not restrict your view of traffic and pedestrians at your driveway.

For additional information please contact Fire Marshal Ray Walker at 860-870-3652 or go online to vernon-ct.gov.

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