With the National Weather Service forecasting a winter storm for our region on Thursday, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Nassau County Department of Public Works (DPW) has begun pretreating roadways with brine to prevent black ice from forming.
“Nassau County is helping to ensure residents have a safe commute by brining main County roadways, bridges and overpasses to prevent black ice,” said County Executive Mangano. “DPW is at the ready to plow and salt County roadways. Our Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring the storm and has put assets in place to assist residents should the need arise.”
Nassau County DPW has 18,750 tons of road salt and 2,250 tons of road sand on hand. DPW’s snowfighting fleet includes 115 plow/salt trucks, 20 pick-ups with plows and sanders, 10 payloaders and 3 brine trucks that cover 2,000 lane miles throughout the County. With the assistance of GPS, DPW supervisors monitor snowplows to determine when plows are down and where trucks are operating in order to ensure we are working at full capacity to make the roads safer for our residents as quickly and efficiently as possible, while also safeguarding the safety of our snowfighting crew.
With winter weather conditions upon us, County Executive Mangano encourages residents to begin preparing for the cold, snow and ice. To help ensure a safe winter season, Nassau County offers the following checklist:
Drivers should use extra precautions on the roads this winter season, especially when driving near trucks that are plowing and salting.
Family Disaster Plan:
Families should be prepared for all hazards that affect their area and themselves. Follow these basic steps to develop a family disaster plan:
Home Emergency Supplies:
Winter has arrived and you should stockpile the following supplies in the event a winter storm or power outage prevents you from leaving your home.
Winterize Your Home:
Take the time now to get your home ready for the winter season by following these tips:
Clearing Your Roof:
As the snow and ice continues to build up, homeowners should think about safety before trying to clear the snow from their roof. Clearing roofs is a dangerous task. However, if you think safety, and work safely, you will get the job done. Here are some safety tips:
Protecting Water Pipes:
To prevent the mess and aggravation of frozen water pipes, protect your home, apartment or business by following the simple steps below.
To keep pipes from freezing:
Before Cold Weather:
When It's Cold:
If Pipes Freeze:
Staying Warm Indoors:
If heat goes out during a winter storm, you can keep warm by closing off rooms you do not need. Losing your heat when winters winds are howling is not pleasant. However, by following these simple tips, you will weather the storm more comfortably.
If The Lights Go Out:
If you lose electrical service during the winter, follow these tips:
Electric generators can provide you with piece of mind and convenience when you are faced with a temporary loss of electric service. Follow these safety guidelines when operating a generator:
Wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and heaters can add a cozy glow, but make sure you are using them safely.
If you use kerosene heaters to supplement your regular heating fuel, or as an emergency source of heat, follow these safety tips:
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent, deadly killer claiming about 1,000 lives each year in the United States. Such common items as automotive exhaust, home heating systems and obstructed chimneys can produce the colorless, odorless gas. The gas can also be produced by poorly vented generators, kerosene heaters, gas grills and other items used for cooking and heating when used improperly during the winter months.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include sleepiness, headaches and dizziness. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, ventilate the area and get to a hospital.