Okanogan County Fire District 6 would like to remind people of the danger that snow and ice accumulations pose this time of year.
Give yourself extra time when driving to and from your destination. We have responded to more than a few accidents so far and there is plenty of winter yet to come.
Be extra cautious of vehicles pulling out of driveways and at intersections where the view of approaching traffic may be blocked by snow berms or piles.
Give yourself extra space when pulling into traffic or following other vehicles. Road conditions change instantly and it takes a lot longer to stop on ice than you think.
Be careful when allowing children and pets to play near areas, such as roof eaves or trees, where snow and ice could fall on them.
Take the time to remove accumulated snow from all exterior home doors and egress paths. In the event of fire, you want to have as many ways out as possible. You may also need to modify your family’s escape plan because snow is blocking an exit or access to your meeting spot. Be sure to practice any changes and make sure that all family members can perform as needed.
Okanogan County Fire District 6 wants everyone to be safe and enjoy the winter snow.