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Stamford Offers Snow Safety Tips Ahead Of Storm

Stamford offered residents some snow safety tips ahead of Saturday's expected storm
Stamford offered residents some snow safety tips ahead of Saturday's expected storm Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. – With the first snowfall of the season expected to hit the area on Saturday, Stamford is offering reminders to residents on parking restrictions and other precautions to take to keep safe during the storm.

Hazardous driving conditions should be expected on Saturday and Saturday night, and the Office of Public Safety is urging city residents to prepare for slippery roads and use caution while driving.

“This is the first snow of the season and the city’s crews are preparing today,” said Mayor David Martin. “With people out holiday shopping and at holiday parties this weekend, please take it easy while out on the roads and allow yourself extra time to get to your destination.”

On certain streets, alternate side parking rules automatically take effect each time there is snow accumulation greater than two inches. This is to facilitate snow removal by providing adequate maneuvering space for snow removal equipment on narrow roadways. For more information and a list of affected roads, click here .

Warming centers and other pertinent information will be available through the city's website. The Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center will be closed.

Downed power lines should be reported immediately to Eversource at 1-800-286-2000. Power outages may also be reported there. To report operational issues such as downed trees, the Citizens Service Center is open for calls at (203) 977-4140 during business hours. For non-emergency weather related issues after business hours, call (203) 977-4444. Life threatening situations should be reported to 911.

Register with Stamford's Emergency Notification System CT Alert to receive a phone message, text, or email whenever there is an urgent announcement or situational update. Visit www.ctalert.gov and click on “Register for Alerts”, or click here: http://bit.ly/Stamford-CTAlert .

Develop an emergency plan with your family and always inform loved ones of where you are and where you are going, in case you become separated or need to relocate. Prepare an emergency supply kit that includes bottled water (three to five days' supply, one gallon per person per day), high-calorie, non-perishable foods, flashlights and battery-operated lanterns, extra batteries, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothes and a first aid kit. Also keep an extra cell phone car charger in your car.

If you lose power, portable generators should be operated safety. Outdoor grilling devices should never be brought inside for cooking or warmth. Only use generators or grills outside your home, and never in enclosed spaces such as garages, basements or porches. Always run your generator as far from your home and neighbors' homes as possible, and away from doors, windows and air intake vents.

Bring pets and companion animals inside during winter weather.

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