City of Reno Offers Important Safety Tips for Weather Conditions

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

The City of Reno would like residents to take precautionary measures during this season of winter weather conditions.

“Although the snow totals aren’t predicted to be large, the blizzard-like conditions and 40 to 50 mile per hour winds will pose significant driving hazards for the community and our drivers,” advises Darrel Ellis, City of Reno streets maintenance and operations manager.

The City of Reno has provided a check-list of what you can do to aid local authorities while at the same time keeping your loved ones safe during this dangerous driving time:

• Limit outings to ones that are necessary. Non-essential errands or travels should be scheduled once the weather is better. Less traffic on the roadways makes it safer for everyone.
• If travel is necessary, consider alternative routes to avoid less travelled or snow/ice impacted roadways.
• Decrease driving speeds, keep a safe following distance, allow for extra travel time, and be cautious of roadways with snow drifts, ice, or standing water.
• Only use 911 for emergencies.
• White out conditions may impact traffic signal sensing equipment so be cautious when approaching intersections.
• When possible, remove all parked vehicles or vehicles that were abandoned during the storm event from roadways. This allows for safer streets and for plowing operations to be more effective.
• Carefully clear natural gas meters, regulators, propane tanks and lines of any snow by hand or by using a broom. Using shovels or other implements could cause severe damage.
• Always keep a safe distance away from operating plows.
• Obstacles such as garbage cans, basketball hoops, and skate ramps should also be cleared from roadways.
• Parents should have children play a safe distance away from streets.
• Get vehicles ready for winter driving conditions in advance. This includes changing wiper blades, filling fluids, checking tires, purchasing chains or cables, and making sure the vehicle is operating properly.

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