Wisconsin holds winter hazard awareness weekSubmitted: 11/08/2019
Devin Biggs
Devin Biggs
Weekend Meteorologist/Reporter

Wisconsin holds winter hazard awareness week
TOMAHAWK - Snowy roads will arrive before people know it. The state of Wisconsin and the National Weather Service wants everyone prepared.

Winter Hazards Awareness week is used to help the public prepare for the hazards that come with the winter.

"Every year we have a winter weather awareness week or in this case a winter hazards awareness week where we try to raise awareness to the public about the upcoming winter season hazards," said National Weather Service Duluth Meteorologist Justin Schultz.

The hazards include traveling outdoors.

"Freezing rain, sleet, even extreme cold," said Schultz. "We want to ensure people are prepared for the upcoming winter season."

Schultz says hazards also exist around your home.

"Carbon monoxide danger, fire danger in the home, so all kinds of different tips people can look at and learn more about how to keep themselves and their family safe," said Schultz.

Schultz says lives can be saved through simple steps.

"We always tell people to be sure to dress in layers, always plan ahead, if you're gonna be traveling, always make sure you have proper items to help keep you warm," said Schultz.

In Tomahawk, the Public Works Department is getting ready for snow.

"We usually start our snow plow preparation right after fall ride," said Tomahawk Public Works Director John Cole. "So typically middle of September so we'll bring them in one truck at a time."

Cole wants people to be smart while driving.

"Slow down but also give us some room," said Cole. "If you see us coming down the street, slow down a little bit, maybe pull over a little bit. We've got a front blade, underbody blade, and a wing. So we're taking up, depending on the situation, 18 ft., 19 ft. of the road at times."

The National Weather Service believes that making this information available is crucial.

"The information that we release to the public is actually saving lives and protecting property," said Schultz. "That is the mission of the national weather service to protect life and property. That is why we do these winter hazard awareness weeks."

People can go to the National Weather Service's website at www.weather.gov/dlh/whaw for more information on how to be prepared.

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