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There are many precautions and steps you can take to keep safe this winter.

          -   Clear snow from roof top. Snow built up on your roof can act as a sponge absorbing water
                
on your roof causing added stress on the structure and can also cause leaking.
  
       
-   Flat roofs are especially at risk and too much water weight on the roof can lead to a collapse.
                
   
  -    Snow can be removed with snow rakes which are sold at most hardware stores.

          -   The links below from mass.gov provide useful facts and tips to keep you and your family safe
               
 this winter.

Be careful on the ice this winter. With the changing weather we get in New England (especially the past few years), ice can be thick enough to skate on one day and be to thin the next. Ice should be at least 4” thick to safely walk or skate on. 5” is safe enough for snow mobiles and ATVs. For cars and small trucks ice should be 8”-12” inches, and 12”-15” for medium sized trucks. A simple way to check is with a cordless drill and a tape measure.

                               

 

Ice can be very different throughout a single body of water. Ice can be 1 foot thick in one place and 1” thick in another place. Be sure to check the thickness of the ice at least every 150 ft. ANY ICE THAT IS 2” OR LESS-STAY OFF

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

      Ice and cold water safety:                        Mass Gov Public Safety – Ice & Cold

       Home Heating Fire Safety:                     FEMA U.S. Fire Administration

      Family disaster kit:                                    Disaster-Supply-Kit

      Precautions before extreme cold:           Mass Gov Public Safety - Extreme Cold

      Precautions before winter storm:            Mass Gov Public Safety - Winter Weather

      Preplan for extended power outages     Winter Power Outages   

      Preparing your vehicle for winter:            Snow & Ice/Safe Winter Driving Tips

      Household Hazardous Materials:            Environment Hazmat

      MEMA Roof Issue                                     MEMA Roof Issue Notice

 

     

For tips and information on emergency situations, from natural disasters to terrorist attacks:   ready.gov

 

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