January 19, 2:07 PM click here to comment > 0
City encourages residents to get home before dark
With ice and snow continuing to cause challenging travel conditions, the City of Seattle is encouraging people to get home before dark if possible. After dark, icy conditions may worsen and ice will become more difficult to see.
Pedestrians should exercise caution – many sidewalks are icy, and there is danger of falling ice from trees, buildings and power lines.
Residents are discouraged from all but essential travel to help keep roads open and safe for emergency vehicles, transit and snow removal. Streets may appear bare and wet but may be covered with ice, which will be difficult to see after dark. Ice accumulation could lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches, a danger for both drivers and pedestrians.
If residents experience a power outage, they should stay warm in their homes by blocking drafts around doors and windows and dressing in layers. Be sure to check on vulnerable neighbors, particularly the elderly and disabled, to make sure they have adequate food, water and blankets to keep warm. Never bring barbecue grills, generators, or any charcoal or gasoline powered appliances inside, as they can lead to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
For more information about weather safety tips, and to find out about city facility closures, please go to www.seattle.gov. To report a power outage call (206) 684-7400.
Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill