Snow safety and hazards

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — News 8’s Stephanie Simoni spoke to members of the Branford Fire department today about what we need to know in order to stay safe in these conditions.

After more than 50 inches of snow this winter, kicking it will not make it go away. When folks see that snow is coming, they think…

“Oh no. Not again. I like the snow, but I think this is more than enough,” said Gunja Jossi, Branford.

“I need to go out and nothing it going to stop me. I don’t care anymore I’m so used to it,” said Ellen Seipold, Branford

“Everybody’s sick of the storms. Everybody’s sick of snow, said Chief Jack Ahern, Branford Fire Department.

Branford Chief Jack Ahern says that just because you have snow fatigue, that does not mean you can be lazy about clearing it.

“Hydrants need to be shoveled out. I’ve got crews everyday shoveling hydrants out,” he said.

Covered hydrants and narrow passage ways can slow down response times.

“We’ve had several driveways that aren’t cleared and we end up having to clear them. We can’t get a stretcher into people’s houses with out the snow being cleared,” he said.

Not only does the chief want you to be mindful of what is underneath your feet, but he also wants you to know what is sitting above your head.

“With the ice dams and the snow that’s up there, it’s even worse. You probably don’t have a problem unless you’re getting water in the house,” he said.

Do not tackle the roof yourself, call a professional instead. With snowflakes falling, slush sitting, and cold conditions, neighbors have a message for winter.

“Please stop now. I’m done with this. Thank you. Summer, can you come soon?” asks Jossi.

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