Winter Safety Tips from the Shelburne PD

Officer Tucker Jenkins of the Shelburne Police Department shares some winter safety tips for seniors.

As the autumn leaves fall, colder weather is on its way. Before you know it, our lawns, driveways and sidewalks will be covered with snow. Winter can leave a beautiful landscape but can also pose challenges in our community, making ordinary tasks more of a challenge. Below are some ways that seniors can prepare for the winter ahead of time:

Prep Your Warmers

Fireplaces, wood and pellet stoves are used regularly for heat. Get your chimney and flue inspected before the winter season to ensure that all parts are in working order. Having both of these inspected annually will give you peace of mind that using the fireplace will do nothing except keep you warm!

Stock Up

Stock your pantry with bottled water, canned food items, over-the-counter medications and other essentials. Ensure that you have vitamin D rich foods like tuna, salmon, milk and grains on hand.

Ask for Help

Our tight-knit community takes care of one another. Ask your neighbors, family and friends for help. They can take on bigger jobs like clearing away snow and ice from your walkway or driveway. The Senior Center also has snow removal referrals - call them at 625-2502.

Think Twice Before Driving

Driving in bad weather can be difficult for many, especially seniors. If you can stay home, do it! If you are concerned about driving, ask a friend, family member or neighbor for a ride. The Senior Center also has a transporation program avialable that runs when the weather is not too bad. Call the Center at 625-2502 to find our how to register for this ride program.

Officer Tucker Jenkins, Shelburne Police Department

Office: (413) 625-0304 ext. 5

Dispatch: (413) 625-8200

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