Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia today issued an advisory urging citizens to pay particular attention to safety guidelines during winter storm events and their aftermath. Noting accidents in neighboring communities, Mayor Moccia called on residents to observe the following:
If the sidewalks and walkways are impassable and you have to walk in the street, walk against traffic and as close to the curb as you can.
Proper gear is a must, but wearing dark "winter" colors can make it hard for motorists to see you, especially if they aren't expecting you. Consider wearing a brightly-colored scarf or hat, or reflective gear, especially if you have to walk in the street. When walking in the dark, carry a flashlight to make yourself visible.
Make sure you can hear. While seeing the environment is important, you also want to be sure you can hear approaching traffic and other noises. Avoid listening to music or engaging in conversation that may prevent you from hearing oncoming traffic or snow removal equipment.
When traveling with babies or small children, make sure they are also dressed in brightly colored or reflective clothing. If you have to push a stroller or walk in the street, the child should be in front of you and as close to the curb as possible.
Because of road conditions, motorists may not be able to stop at traffic signals or see pedestrians blocked by snow piles. Before you step off of the curb into the street, make sure that any approaching vehicles have come to a complete stop.
Said Mayor Moccia, “Fluctuating temperatures and ongoing work by residents to clear pathways can make for hazardous conditions. A combination of common sense and observation of safety tips can assure a safer environment for everyone and I urge our citizens to pay particular attention in the days ahead.”