Do This, Not That: Winter Edition
- Learn who is responsible for snow removal around your house or apartment. If it is multi unit, it is the landlord's responsibility. If you rent the whole house, it is the tenant's responsibility. Talk to your landlord about your expectations around snow removal.
- Keep a shovel and sand or kitty litter in your apartment and car. These items can help in the event of needing quick snow removal and prevent you and your vehicle from slipping and sliding.
- Help older or less able bodied neighbors with their snow removal. As a community it is important for us to be neighborly and look out for one another.
- Dial 311 or use the Bos311 app to report any issues in the your neighborhood such as down power lines, unplowed roads, or dangerous public walkways.
- Do not turn your heat off for long periods of time. Every year someone leaves there apartment for several days and turns their heat off to save on their utility bill - inevitably the apartment gets too cold and a pipe bursts destroying property.
- Do not use a space heater to keep warm. Space heaters cause 25,000 home fires a year, and 6,000 emergency room visits, according to the Harvard University Environmental Health and Safety group. We suggest adding another layer of clothing rather warming up with a space heater.
- Do not pour hot water on stairs or on your car to melt ice. Hot water could cause your car windshield to break and the water on your stairs will eventually freeze again and become another layer of ice.
- Do not jump or climb on snow mounds. It is usually impossible to know what the snow it covering and easy to get hurt climbing on dangerous things.