Well that ice storm last night was a doozy! So much for a mild winter, right? We’ve had maybe an inch of ice accumulation, but I swear it looks like four inches in my backyard. And I’m not too happy to report that Abby (resident Border Collie) won’t go out and do her thing. If anyone’s interested in coming over and clearing a place, come on out. I’ll even make you a cup of hot chocolate.
Seriously, this ice business can be dangerous. And with more of it in the forecast we wanted to pull together some information to help you stay safe.
First, there’s very little that can’t wait until the ice melts. So stay in, curl up with a good book and get the board games out. If you have an emergency, 911 is there for a reason. Use it.
For local inclement weather info, the city of McKinney has put up a very helpful page here.
Ice accumulation creates very dangerous conditions. Here’s a few tips to help you emerge unscathed:
- Don’t drive unless you absolutely have to. Period.
- If you do drive, take a few blankets, flashlight, and food and water in case you get stranded.
- If you go outside, pay attention to tree branches and power lines that could break due to the weight of the ice.
- Dress accordingly and don’t over exert yourself. Many injuries and deaths during winter storms come from frostbite, hypothermia, and heart attacks.
- Be aware of falling ice from rooftops and trees once melting begins.
And since winter hasn’t even officially begun yet, putting together an emergency kit if you haven’t got one already is a great idea to prep for future storms.
Your emergency kit should include rock salt and sand for melting and traction, a snow shovel and heating fuel for propane or kerosene heaters. Don’t forget the firewood if you have a fireplace and keep plenty of blankets. Keep a flashlight, fresh batteries and plenty of non-perishable and canned food on hand. Having a little cash available wouldn’t hurt either.
If you have other tips to add, let us know in the comments.
Hang in there folks. Sunday’s forecast is for the upper 30’s. That should help. Otherwise, let mother nature have her way and before you know it things will be back to normal.