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Winter Storm Preparedness
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By Ex-Chief Thomas Pantano
January 25, 2015

Winter Storm Juno will be a major snowstorm for the Northeast Monday and Tuesday. Parts of the region could see blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow.

Sayville Fire Department suggests that all residents prepare for this major storm.

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

- Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
- Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
- Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
- Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
- Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

After the storm, large amounts of snow will cover our roads and when the snow plows clear the roads they push the snow along the side walk areas. Unfortunately a lot of fire hydrants around town will be buried under several feet of snow. Of course, responding firefighters have shovels on hand to dig out hydrants during fire emergencies and dispatchers have information on hydrant location. But where minutes count during a fire, precious time will be lost finding the precise location of the hydrant and digging it out. Sayville Fire Department Chief Christopher Chester asks residents to bundle up and grab those shovels and dig out fire hydrants in front of or near your home or business. A two feet clearing around the hydrant will give volunteer firefighters enough room to quickly hook up their hoses and get water on the fire quickly should they be called to a fire under these conditions.

As always, we thank you for your support

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