Are you prepared for winter weather?

Traffic Update

Days are getting shorter and colder temperatures are moving in.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offer safety tips during winter travel and recommends keeping an emergency supply kit in the vehicle this winter to stay safe. 

VDOT encourages all motorist to plan ahead for traveling during winter weather and to observe extreme caution when on the roadways.

Before travel, motorists should inspect their vehicle tires and fluid levels and clear all ice and snow from the windows, windshield and mirrors, which could block visibility.

You should also follow forecasts and prepare for any unpredictable conditions. 

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The latest Lifesaving tip for National Fire Prevention Week

As National Fire Prevention Week continues here is today’s lifesaving safety tip from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP).

Today’s tip comes by way of email and concerns closed doors as opposed to open doors.

According to the Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) closing a door can make a 900 degree difference.

With an open door a room can reach 1,000 degrees where a closed door will only allow the room to reach around 100 degrees.

Make closing a bedroom door a part of your nightly bedtime routine.

Fire needs oxygen to burn and a closed door helps to reduce the oxygen flow to a fire.

For more on the closed door theory visit the FSRI’s website here and close before you doze.

Another lifesaving safety tip will be provided tomorrow as Fire Won’t Wait, Plan Your Escape National Fire Prevention Week concludes.

Monday’s Lifesaving Fire Safety Tip is found here.

Tuesday’s Lifesaving Fire Safety tip is found here.

Wednesday’s Lifesaving Fire Safety tip is found here.

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Another lifesaving tip during National Fire Prevention Week

Another lifesaving safety tip from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) came in by email for National Fire Prevention Week.

Where approximately 70 percent of Americans have an escape plan, they lack practicing them.

Make sure everyone knows how to escape when the smoke alarm sounds.

It is suggested that you practice escape plans at least twice a year both in the daytime and at night using different exits each time.

Children need to know what to do when they hear the smoke alarm go off.

They should also know how to crawl on the floor and use the back of their hand to ensure the door is not hot and if it is they should learn to use the next best exit.

To conduct such a drill, sound the smoke alarm and start a timer.

Stop the timer when everyone makes it to the designated safe spot.

If everyone makes it out in less than two minutes celebrate if it takes more than two minutes run the drill again.

Remember today’s modern home can burn faster as fire won’t wait, plan your escape week continues with another lifesaving tip tomorrow.

Monday’s Lifesaving Fire Safety Tip is found here.

Tuesday’s Lifesaving Fire Safety tip is found here.

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