Residents Encouraged to Take Safety Measures; Snowplowing Information
Feb. 8, 2010
Fairfax County is encouraging residents to take measures for personal and property safety during the ongoing snow emergency affecting the area. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), it could take most of this week for all neighborhoods to be plowed from the weekend storm. Residents also may contact the Fairfax County Emergency Information Line at 703-817-7771, TTY 711; voice mail messages will be monitored and returned.
Clear snow away from fire hydrants in your neighborhood. Ask neighbors to adopt a fire hydrant and clear snow and ice away from all hydrants so that they are easily visible in the event of a fire. Residents also are reminded that parking is prohibited within 15 feet of a fire hydrant located along the curb line or edge of any public or private roadway. No special curb marking is required for enforcement.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management reminds residents that shoveling snow is hard on your body. If there is any reason that shoveling snow might be dangerous for you, such as a heart condition, consult your doctor before shoveling. While some heart attacks are sudden and intense, many heart attacks start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away.
Roofs and Decks
The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services cautions residents regarding the impact of the heavy snow to their homes. Residents should watch for falling snow and ice from their roofs, but should not attempt to access their roofs to try to clear the snow due to the safety concerns of slipping off the roof and exposure to electrical wires. Residents should clear the areas around downspouts and roof drains so that melting water has a path to flow away from the house. Residents should also clear snow and ice away from exhaust vents that go through the exterior walls. Decks can be cleared of snow to reduce the stress to these structures, although they are designed to support the snow load.
According to VDOT, it could take most of the week — especially with more snow expected Tuesday — to finish plowing neighborhoods in Fairfax County. If residents have not seen a plow on their streets by Wednesday, Feb. 10, call 703-383-VDOT or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the location. Photos are also welcome. Crews will be dispatched to treat missed spots and problem areas
Emergency information and status updates will be available on:
- Fairfax County’s Web site
- Emergency information phone line (703-817-7771)
- Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN)
- Fairfax County Government Channel 16.
- In addition, 1670 AM, emergency radio for Fairfax County, is broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the National Weather Service.
Additional winter weather preparedness information can be found online. In addition, emergency contact numbers for public utilities is online should residents lose electricity, gas, telephone, cable, Internet or water service.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711