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Floyd County

November 25, 2013

COLD ALERT: Tips on winter safety preparation

INDOT, Vectren offer winter safety information

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — The Indiana Department of Transportation wants drivers to be prepared for the winter weather that arrived, at least in the form of temperatures, and maybe a flurry or two, a little earlier than expected this week.

INDOT’s top priority is snow and ice removal and we use all available resources to keep roads open, maximize the mobility of the traveling public and minimize accidents due to winter traveling conditions, according to an INDOT news release. But the biggest impact to safe winter travel begins and ends with driver behavior.

To help ensure that drivers are prepared INDOT will debut new winter weather videos on the INDOT YouTube channel, holding media events and more.

Drivers can be prepared for winter weather by taking the following steps:

• Know the condition of the roads by visiting Trafficwise or facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast or twitter.com/#!/INDOTSoutheast

• Plan for extra travel time to get to your destination

• Clear off your vehicle completely before hitting the road (not just the windshield)

• Accelerate gradually and brake early to avoid slipping and sliding

• Be alert and give other drivers plenty of room

• Give INDOT plow crews room to work. Stay back, slow down and watch for plows making sudden stops or turns

Drivers can monitor road conditions across the state anytime, day or night, by logging on to www.trafficwise.in.gov. The website is updated during snow events to inform drivers whether road conditions are good, fair or difficult. Or get winter safety tips at winterdrivingsafety.in.gov.

Winter heating safety

Vectren Energy Delivery wants to remind customers to be aware of heating safety throughout the winter months. Having a furnace tune-up by a professional; knowing how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and detect a gas leak; and being aware of the safety precautions associated with the use of space heaters are simple ways to keep your household safe throughout the year.

“As seasonal temperatures continue to drop and the need for heating your home grows, it’s important to keep safety in mind,” Mike Roeder, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana — North, said in a news release. “Safety begins with simple steps such as ensuring your furnace, space heaters and fireplaces are properly ventilated and the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working condition.”

Customers should consider safety precautions associated with home heating, the use of natural gas and the use of electric space heaters. Furthermore, don’t forget to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home on an annual basis.

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