Winter Safety

Winter Safety for Pedestrians

  • Use a sidewalk if available and passable.
  • Look both ways before crossing a street, especially when there are high snow banks present.
  • If no sidewalk is available walk or run on the side of the road closest to oncoming traffic. This gives you the ability to see the vehicles closest to you and maximizes the time for you to react should you need to take evasive action.
  • Absolutely avoid wearing dark colors such as black or navy blue as they make it very difficult for motorists to see you.
  • Wear light-colored or fluorescent high visibility ("Dayglo®") color clothing and/or a reflective safety vest.
  • Carry a flashlight and/or wear flashing light devices to warn oncoming vehicles of your presence.
  • Avoid wearing earphones as they may interfere with hearing approaching vehicles.
  • Be cognizant of pets walking with you so that oncoming motorists can also see them.

Winter Safety for Motorists

  • Exhibit care in navigating roads, intersections and near driveways that may be narrowed by snow banks that may reduce your line of sight relative to pedestrians.
  • Drive slower in the dark and when roads are wet, snowy, or icy to maximize your distance for maneuvering, slowing or stopping for pedestrians in the road.
  • Avoid flashing high beams in the face of pedestrians as this may cause them to lose their ability to see the road.

Winter Safety for Residents & Businesses

  • If there is a sidewalk in front of your property, please clear it so that pedestrians can use it instead of walking in the road.
  • Use sand or deicer to clear the sidewalk of ice or residual snow.
  • If possible, avoid piling snow in places where it would restrict the sight lines of motorists and pedestrians.