DES PLAINES, Ill. – With the holiday season upon us, state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, is reminding residents about some helpful tips to stay safe and warm during the winter.
“The holiday season is about spending time with loved ones,” Moylan said. “It’s important to remember that winter travelling brings a unique set of hazards to our roads. I urge drivers to keep the following safety tips in mind so they can get out and enjoy everything this season has to offer.”
For local motorists, winter road conditions often pose significant driving challenges. Before leaving on a trip, motorists should check road conditions by visiting the Illinois Department of Transportation’s website at www.gettingaroundillinois.com. That site displays whether or not major interstates and local roads are covered in snow or ice, or if the road is clear and safe for travel. The National Weather Service also recommends motorists prepare a winter storm kit that includes an extra cell phone battery or charger, blankets, flashlight with batteries, first-aid kit, shovel, booster cables, bottled water and non-perishable food items, extra clothing, a windshield scraper, a bag of sand, toilet paper and matches.
In addition to ensuring vehicle safety, Moylan suggests homeowners take precautions for the winter months as well. Homeowners should make sure their furnace filters are regularly cleaned, window air conditioning units are removed and chimney flues are closed. Homes that utilize space heaters should make sure the devices are unplugged when not in use and away from flammable materials when they are in use.
“Following some of these tips can not only keep families safe during the cold winter months, but can also allow them to save money on their home energy bills,” Moylan said. “I hope everyone keeps these tips in mind and enjoys their holiday.”
For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at 847-635-6821 or email@example.com.
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