Ohio Fire fighters suggest safety tips for upcoming winter storm - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Fire fighters ask for help during winter weather

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

    After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

    Monday, April 21 2014 8:15 AM EDT2014-04-21 12:15:13 GMT
    One year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, turning a day of athletic triumph into one of tragedy, the Boston Marathon returns to the streets Monday.More >>
    A year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, runners and spectators began filtering in Monday morning at the starting line in Hopkinton...More >>
  • High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

    High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:47 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:47:14 GMT
    Thirty years ago, big media companies failed to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings.More >>
    Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their...More >>
  • 10 things to know for Monday

    10 things to know for Monday

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:24 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:24:54 GMT
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:More >>
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:More >>
OHIO (FOX19 -

This most recent snow and cold will impact the whole community, but Ohio Fire Fighters are asking for assistance in keeping the community safe.

"This is an especially dangerous situation for us as fire fighters and that translates to an impact on community safety," commented Doug Stern, OAPFF Communications Director.

Stern suggests these simple hints for a safer winter for you and your neighbors: 

• Clear snow from around fire hydrants to allow fire fighters better access.

• Clear a path to your front door.

• Make sure your house address numbers remain visible and are not blocked by snow.

• When driving, make sure to leave room for emergency vehicles to pass – go right for sirens and lights.

• Use portable heaters and space heaters only in the approved manner.

• Make sure any candles are used free from any combustibles and are extinguished prior to leaving the home or going to bed.

• Check on elderly friends and neighbors and lend them a hand.

• Dress appropriately when outside. Layers, Layers, Layers.

• Have a winter emergency kit inside your car including: jumper cables, wiper fluid, first aid kit, blanket, gloves, flashlight/flares, and some salt or kitty liter for traction.

• Only shovel snow if you are medically and physically able.

Severe weather impacts fire fighters, making for many challenges including the need for more personnel at emergency scenes.

Cold and icy conditions may also hinder response times as fire fighters contend with adverse road conditions.

"Despite the challenges of the weather, Ohio Fire Fighters are ready to respond," said Stern. 

Copyright 2014 WXIX. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow