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Westport Fire Chief Offers Snow Safety Tips

The snow may have stopped falling in Westport — for now — but the abundance of white stuff around town affects everyone, including emergency responders. That's why Fire Chief Chris Ackley reminds residents of the following snow safety guidelines.

? Private roadways need to be plowed wide enough to allow access for emergency vehicles.

? If you have a fire hydrant on your property, clear it of snow to save time in case of a fire.

? Make sure your house number on your mailbox is clearly visible.

? Dumping snow into the roadway is dangerous and illegal. Violators may receive a summons from police.

? Buildings with flat roofs and roof drains should be monitored to ensure the roof drains are clear to prevent accumulation of water and ice.

With all of the snow and the possibility of more, Ackley asked residents to be cooperative and patient when it comes to snow removal.

"Public Works Director Steve Edwards' personnel have been working nonstop to clear and remove high-piled snow," Ackley said.

Also, he said residents should not hesitate in calling 911 in an emergency because response time may be delayed because of weather and road conditions.

What problems has the snow caused you? Sound off below!


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