MONROE, Conn. -- It's time to move your cars off the roadways in Monroe due to the upcoming winter storm.
First Selectman Steve Vavrek said that due to the predicted snowstorm, a parking ban will most likely be in effect. Vehicles parked in the road hinder snow-removal efforts and create a hazard for public works and emergency vehicles. Any vehicle parked on a town road may be ticketed and/or towed.
Vavrek is also asking residents to limit calls to the police and fire departments for medical emergencies or hazardous conditions only.
Residents are asked to report any utility disruptions directly to the utility company providing the service and to report hazardous conditions, such as downed utility poles or power lines to the police department.
Here are some quick safety tips:
- Drive slowly and safely while preparing enough travel time to reach your destination.
- Make sure you have enough fuel and winter supplies in your vehicle in the event you are stuck or stranded.
- If possible, move all vehicles off the streets so snowplows can efficiently clear the roadways.
- Remember to dress in layers when venturing outdoors.
- When shoveling, take breaks and bend at the knees.
- Check on any elderly residents in the event they need assistance.
- Bring all pets indoors and out of the cold for pet health safety.
- This is the time to contact your landlord, fuel provider and any other contractor in making sure furnaces, fuel sources and other electrical and heating units are working properly.
- Keep a list of contractors or fuel providers handy in the event equipment fails or if they are needed.
- Never use your gas oven as a heating source.
- Create a plan of action to evacuate to a friend's or relative's home in the event of any heating failure to your residence.
In an extreme emergency, always dial 911.