How best to tackle snow and ice
by Massimo Pieraccini –Forecast
Snowfall and icy weather events tramadol toothache are not always predictable with accuracy, but today thanks to modern forecasting tools can be identified more precisely why you should always be fully aware of all local weather and follow the possible alerts sent Protection Civil whose operations room is always open 24 hours 24 (tel. 800 840 840).
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What to do for your car
As we approach the winter months it is advisable to carry out the following engineering controls to your car:
verify that the wipers are perfectly flush with the surface to be free from water;
check that the battery with the cold runs the risk of discharge;
put the antifreeze in the radiator and liquid to clean the windshield;
if you plan to travel frequently on snow tires should be replaced with conventional ones specific to the snow that compounds more suitable for cold and designs that ensure a better grip.
Snow chains must always be ready for use, because in the presence of abundant snow winter tires may not be enough. In addition, failure to comply with this advice could cost you a fine: attention, controls have already begun with the first high penalties. The chains must only be used on snow-covered roads to avoid the risk of damage, impair driving safety and to avoid damage to the organs of attitude.
What to do for the road
Drive as well as being mandatory to use snow tires or chains is recommended to always keep on hand a pair of work gloves and the use of snow chains should always be tried before the occurrence of the emergency situation.
During the event snowy never wait to mount snow chains when you are already in difficulty especially if you have to face the presence of paths with ascents and descents too small slope.
Do not go on the trip if you have a bit of practice driving on snow and if you feel stuck or do not have the proper equipment. Park your car safely on the side of the road and walk to find a suitable shelter.
Do not leave your car in the conditions that may obstruct the normal flow of other vehicles and in particular of operational resources and emergency.
Helping people in need and do not hesitate to ask for help when needed, or rather if in doubt if you are not completely sure on how to mount the chains to park your car even within private property, for advice and information, etc..
Always preferable, where possible, the use of public transport and never use the two-wheeled vehicles.
Wear appropriate footwear and especially the possibility to support walking.
What to do if you find yourself stuck in the car in the middle of a traffic jam
If you find yourself stuck in the middle of a traffic jam because you do not know for how long, be careful how much fuel you have in the car and if the tank is less than a quarter do not constantly keep the engine running, but alternate on and off at a rate of 10 minutes Ignition and 30 off to keep the engine and the passenger compartment in temperature.
In these cases, the radio is a valuable resource, we are trying to activate a network of local radio in case of emergency are available to give information on traffic conditions and advice on possible alternative routes.
Do not get attached to the phone calling everyone to let them know of your misfortune or ask for help because you do not know what you need to be in a situation where you are and often emergency numbers are clogged, save the battery of your phone, can be decisive. Identify a person at home or in the office to do for you by calling from the traffic police, Civil Defence and the Municipality for information and make any requests for help. Using the phone just to talk through with your lengthen the life of your batteries and the ability to stay in touch.
If you need to make urgent requests for help, be prepared to provide the following information: the street where you are (eg: A1 or SGC FIPILI or and) if you do not know the name of the road at least try to know the names of the outputs indicate closer and the direction you are traveling (eg from Florence north to south, or highway between Empoli and Pisa Montopoli in direction).
What to do at home
We recommend all to be equipped with an adequate and appropriate supply of salt to be used for private roads (including pedestrian) for any sidewalks external to equip each building (organizing among condominiums) minimum of equipment such as shovels and wheel Snow.
And ‘in fact necessary in the event of ice and snow to protect public safety all citizens to undertake to remove snow and ice in front of their homes and businesses, clean the gutter road, clear drains and manholes to facilitate the flow of water, spread an appropriate amount of salt if frost is expected, open gates at pedestrian crossings and intersections, break down any blades in snow and ice hanging from roof eaves and grondai and remove cars parked at the roadside to allow the free roadways.
This is not only a civic duty of every citizen, but a precise obligation of the Rules of the municipal police that not everyone knows!
If you need to walk around making sure that the roof or the eaves there is no danger of falling snow drifts, especially in the days after the snowfall during the thaw are frequent drops in heaps from the rooftops.
How to properly use the salt
The salt can be used to act only on ice formations of limited thickness.
E ‘therefore advisable to take preventive action by salting where there are notices of ice formation bearing in mind that the salt does not produce any effect in the presence of excessive thickness and / or in the presence of too rigid temperatures (below -10 °).
In the event of heavy snowfall in place to remove, before shedding the salt, almost completely snow.
The amount of salt to be spread must be proportional to the thickness to be solved: an example with one kilogram of salt can treat 20 square meters. Larger quantities can damage the flooring.
It ‘important to remember that it is always megllio use salt specifically designed to thaw and only when strictly necessary, you can use the coarse salt.
Never use water to remove accumulated snow and ice on them especially if it was previously scattered salt.
How to protect your water supply
And ‘well the approach of the cold season to make the right information from the manager of water services on measures to be taken to protect the water supply from possible ice. However it is always advisable to protect the meter from being frozen, using insulating materials and in house when temperatures fall below -5 ° keep constantly open to a flow of water for at least one of the taps.