In light of the numerous snow storms that passed through Westchester and the surrounding regions last year, residents should take precautions now to prepare for hazardous weather that could include potential power outages, being snowed in at home and other inconveniences caused by vast amounts of snow and ice.
The Department of Emergency Services offers these tips when heavy snow falls:
Shovel snow in moderation, particularly if you have any medical condition or you do not exercise regularly.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to clear the sidewalk in front of that property.
Do not shovel snow from driveways and sidewalks into the street.
Most fire hydrants are covered by snow. If you can, please shovel out the snow around hydrants near your property.
Before driving, clear snow from vehicle windows and roofs.
Check on elderly and disabled relatives, neighbors and friends.
Do not walk behind plow vehicles; it is difficult for plow operators to see you.
Be on the look out for falling ice and snow from roofs and gutters.
A lot of heavy snow and ice has accumulated on roofs. Do not stand under structures that are not well-supported.
If you have no heat or hot water in rental apartments, call your local building department or, during after hours, the local police.