Chief Charles E. Doody
99 Revere St.
Canton, MA 02021
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 12, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Canton Fire Department Provides Winter Storm Safety Tips
CANTON – In anticipation of the third nor’easter this month, Chief Charles E. Doody and the Canton Fire Department would like to provide residents with several important safety tips as severe weather once again hits the region.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Norfolk County, noting the potential for blizzard-like conditions and heavy snowfall beginning Monday night and continuing throughout Tuesday.
Canton is likely to see between 3 to 7 inches of snow Monday night, with an additional 10 to 16 inches throughout Tuesday. Wind gusts may reach as high as 44 mph. There will be a chance of snow and showers Wednesday morning into the evening.
“During storms like this week’s nor’easter, it is imperative that residents have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” Chief Doody said. “If you lose power and have a generator, remember to never use it indoors and to always ensure your vehicle’s tailpipe is clear before operation to prevent CO poisoning.”
BEFORE THE STORM
- Check the surrounding areas outside of your home and examine trees that have been weakened or uprooted from last week’s storm. If there is a tree that you believe is unstable and may fall, please contact a local tree trimming service company immediately.
- Residents should be prepared for more power outages and stock up on batteries for flashlights or battery powered lanterns. If using candles, keep them away from anything flammable and never leave them unattended.
- Keep cell phones charged as much as possible. Consider an external battery for your mobile phone.
- Clear any storm drains of debris from the last storm to avoid flooding.
DURING THE STORM
- Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.
- If power goes out during the storm, contact Eversource at 800-286-5000 to report an outage.
- To report a gas leak, call 911. Residents can also contact Columbia Gas at 800-525-8222 for gas-related issues.
- Follow the Canton Fire Department on its Facebook page and Twitter account for updates during and after the storm. The fire station will be open throughout the storm and can be reached at 781-821-5095.
- If you have an emergency, call 911.
AFTER THE STORM
- Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.
- Check your property for any trees that could be in danger of falling near your home or vehicles.
- Clear any debris from storm drains near your home to allow water to drain.
- Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause hazardous conditions if the temperature dips.