West Whiteland Township asks that drivers use caution if they have to drive and avoid travel during severe winter weather conditions. Roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths – when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.
Additionally, motorists who absolutely need to travel during times of snow or sleet should remember the following safety advice:
· Leave early to ensure you have extra time to make the trip;
· Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions;
· Turn on your headlights and stay in your lane;
· Increase your following distance;
· Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required;
· Use defroster and windshield wipers, keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice;
· Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly;
· Give ample room for plow truck drivers to treat the roadways and never pass between
two trucks operating in a plow line;
· Always buckle up and never drink and drive.
Residents are asked to observe the following precautions during winter storm conditions related to power outages or other storm-related incidents:
· If you lose power, do not call 9-1-1. The County’s Emergency Communications Center
will already be extremely busy with storm-related incidents. Call your local utility
provider to report the outage.
· Always assume that all power lines are live, even if you lose power in your home or
business. Never go near or touch a fallen power line.
· Never use a gas stove to heat your home. If you use candles for light, exercise extreme
caution and never place them near combustible materials such as curtains or furniture.
Battery powered candles or flashlights are much safer, especially if you have children or
· If your power is out, keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed, which should keep
food cold for about four hours. Be sure to dispose of any perishables (meat, poultry,
fish, eggs, leftovers, etc.) that have been above 40° F for two hours or more.
· If you have a portable generator, never use it inside your home or even in a partially
enclosed area. Generators, as well as gas and charcoal grills, produce Carbon
Monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill you. Keep the generator far
away from doors, windows, and air intakes.
· Never overload the generator or attempt to power your house by plugging it into a wall
outlet. Both practices can cause electric shock or fire.