Know what to do when winter storms hit.

Although our winter season is limited in Collierville, we still run the risk for wintry weather; particularly, icy conditions. Even if temperatures rise quickly after a winter storm, damage and power outages may last for several days or even weeks. It’s important to keep up to date on weather reports and predictions. In winter, weather forecasts can sometimes provide you with several days’ notice. Remember, even if there’s a chance the storm might miss your community, it’s always better to be prepared.

Five simple steps:

  • Be sure that your family knows how to find out about cancellations, closings, delays, and transit information.
  • Make sure you have plenty of nonperishable food that doesn’t need to be cooked at home as well as extra water.
  • Keep blankets handy in case of burst pipes or power loss.
  • Protect outside spigots from freezing by using covers or by turning off the water source.
  • Drip all inside faucets and open cabinet doors to circulate heat.

Other steps:

  • It is always a good idea to check over your home before winter arrives. Make sure the attic is well ventilated and that the attic floor is well insulated. This will help keep snow or ice from melting and refreezing.
  • Check prescriptions and first aid kit materials and replenish any batteries for flashlights and radios.
  • Keep rock salt on hand (kitty litter also will work for traction) to help with icy walkways.
  • Make sure your vehicle’s gas tank is near full at all times to prevent ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Check over all exposed pipes (in the attic or basement) and insulate if necessary. Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with appropriate caulking.
  • Add an ice scraper, blanket and some non-perishable snacks to your car’s emergency kit. Make sure you have booster cables, too.
  • Be sure your tires have enough tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most conditions.
  • Make sure your car has adequate antifreeze.
  • If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Also, if you plan to use a fireplace, wood stove or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly.
  • If you are planning on using a gas-powered generator, check your fuel supply. NEVER run a generator out of garage or in the house.
  • If you know of a neighbor, friend or relative who is housebound or elderly, plan to check on them. The ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age, and the elderly are more likely to have health problems caused by the cold.
  • Bring all outdoor pets inside or to a warmer area, and be sure to provide pets with plenty of fresh, unfrozen drinking water.

After a storm:

  • If pipes should freeze, thaw them gently with warm air from an electric hair dryer. If you are unable to thaw the pipes due to power outage, or if the pipes have broken, report it to MLG&W. Use bottled water or get water from a neighbor’s house. In an emergency, you also can melt snow.
  • In case of a power outage, do not use candles for risk of fire. Do not use a gas stove for heating purposes. If you cannot safely get to another location, stay inside, dress in warm layers and use blankets to help with heat loss.
  • Again, NEVER run a generator out of garage or in the house.

Know what to do if your power goes out.
Power outages can occur anytime, but most often during high winds, electrical storms or icy weather conditions. During extreme conditions, your power could be off for more than 72 hours. Be prepared! If your neighborhood or home experiences a power outage, follow these preparedness tips:
Five simple steps:

  • Report the outage to MLG&W at their hotline by calling (901) 544-6500.
  • Turn off and unplug all of your appliances and computers. Leave one light on in your home or on your porch to indicate when power has been restored.
  • Make sure everyone knows where to find your emergency kit and flashlights. Don’t forget batteries as well as a battery-operated or hand-cranked radio.
  • Use caution with candles as they are fire hazards. Do not leave burning candles unattended or in the reach of children or pets.
  • In case of a winter outage, do not use a gas stove for heating or operate a generator indoors (including the garage) due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Construction of Ladder Truck #30059 for Collierville

Collierville’s newest ladder truck is currently under construction at the Pierce Manufacturing Facility in Appleton, Wisconsin. The new ladder truck has a Pierce Dash CF chassis equipped with a 100’ heavy-duty steel ladder, PUC pump with 2,000 gpm capability, 300gal water tank, 30gal foam tank, and an on-board hydraulic engine. Construction is expected to be completed mid-February, 2017.

The 100’ aerial platform is a multi-purpose piece of apparatus and will respond on all fire calls, technical rescue, vehicle extrication, and haz-mat/CBRNE incidents on a day-to-day basis. As the result of this purchase, it will significantly improve and enhance our operational capabilities and be a catalyst that enhances subsequent strategic and tactical priorities. It will contribute to protecting lives and property, and fully support our department’s goals and objectives toward our mission.

This week the aerial device completed assembly, was pinned to the chassis and calibration with initial aerial testing began. Next week 3rd party aerial testing should be completed and your apparatus may be released to 3rd party pump testing. 
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