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Saturday, February 6, 2010

During the Storm Safety Tips

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department continues to provide services to citizens and residents despite the challenges of impassable streets and extremely hazardous conditions. As snow removal crews continue fighting to clear roadways, Mother Nature is currently winning the battle to keeps roads blanketed in snow and in hazardous condition.

Prince George’s County firefighters and paramedics, as of 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 6, 2010, have handled 375 calls for service, which is the average number of calls handled in a normal 24-hour period. The majority of incidents involve downed power lines and arcing transformers. Other incidents include pregnancy, injuries from snow play, asthma and since midnight here have been seven incidents involving medical calls involving CPR. It is unknown if any of these incidents involve snow shoveling. Numerous large trees have fallen under the weight of the snow, some onto buildings and homes causing minimal damage.

The men and women of your Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department remind you to:

Stay Prepared, Stay Informed, Stay Safe and Stay Home!!!

Shoveling heavy and wet snow in cold temperatures is stressful and could lead to cardiac emergencies. If you must shovel; scoop up smaller amounts of snow and take frequent breaks.

Be a good neighbor – check on your senior citizen neighbors. Shovel their sidewalks, ensure they have food and check on their medical condition.

Clear snow away from your closest fire hydrant. Make sure firefighters can quickly locate this vital piece of equipment.

Clear snow away from your clothes dryer exhaust vent. This will allow for the unobstructed exhaust of possible carbon monoxide.

As the day wears on – there are more and more pedestrians venturing into the roadway and intermingling with vehicle traffic. Pedestrians should wear bright colored clothing. Both pedestrian and vehicle operators need to exercise extreme caution while on the roadways. Home and business owners should start to clear sidewalks as soon as possible after the snow stops.

Continue to exercise good common sense while trying to stay warm.

If you see a downed power line – consider it to be “live” and notify 911.

In the event of a power outage – do not use candles, use battery operated flashlights for illumination.

Citizens and residents should remain home and not venture out until public safety official and road crews have had an opportunity to clean up after this storm.

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