As Rhode Islanders continue to dig out from the effects of the Winter Storm, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) reminds everyone of the continued need to be vigilant about their own safety and the safety of others around them.
"Although the storm has passed, we want to emphasize the continued need for safety," said RIEMA Executive Director Theresa C. Murray. "There is nothing that is more important than protecting the health and safety of all Rhode Islanders."
- Sidewalks remain uncleared and snow piles may impede drivers' line of sight. Watch for pedestrians who may have to walk in the street and give pedestrians enough room to walk safely. Pedestrians should try to wear bright-colored clothing, winter footwear to prevent falls, and should never assume that a driver can see them. If you are walking during the evening, wear reflective gear and carry a flashlight.
- Business and residential property owners are urged to clear sidewalks so pedestrians and mail carriers have a safe place to walk.
- Clear snow that may be blocking storm drains, fire hydrants, and manhole covers. Municipal fire and public works departments are focused on life safety measures and may not be able to check every storm drain in the community.
- Blocked storm drains can cause local street flooding and basement flooding, particularly in low-lying areas. Homeowners concerned about basement flooding should raise items normally stored on basement floors. Placing items on milk crates or on pieces of wood can help to prevent water damage should the basement flood.
- If the temperature in your refrigerator is above 40°F, throw away perishable foods such as meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, and soft cheeses. These food items can start to grow bacteria that could make you sick. If food in the freezer is between 0°F and 40°F, it can be properly cooked and consumed.