Tips to Help You Weather the Snowy Winter – It’s best to have the appropriate tools on hand

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Published on January 27, 2016 with No Comments

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When snow is in the forecast, a fully stocked shed and plan of attack can help you weather the storm. Regardless of the predicted snowfall totals, it’s best to have the appropriate tools on hand for your home, your car and yourself.

The driveway

To clear snow from large, flat areas, a snow blower is the best tool. The innovative Snow Joe iON Hybrid Snow Blower eliminates the need to run out for gas during a storm and operates on both battery and corded electric power, giving you extended clearing time. Begin by using the rechargeable battery to clear the areas furthest away from your home and utilize the corded electrical power for extended use as you get closer to your house. Clear a path as it snows, if possible, to avoid a bigger end job. Once all of the snow has been removed, cover any slippery patches with salt or sand.

Sidewalks and pathways

Clearing sidewalks and pathways is not only courteous to your neighbors, but in many areas it’s the law. For lighter snow, putting down ice melt a few hours before a storm can melt snow up to 2 inches deep and keep ice from forming. For larger storms, it’s advised to remove smaller amounts of snow several times instead of waiting until the snow stops falling. This results in less strenuous activity and also allows the sun to warm up the pavement, preventing ice from forming.

The car

It’s important to keep your car stocked up for an emergency, just as you would your home. Fill your trunk with a small survival kit, including a blanket, water, flashlight and extra batteries. Another important tool to keep in your car in the winter is an ice scraper. The Snow Joe illum-n-Broom is equipped with an ice scraper and snow broom to push snow off the car without scratching the paint. The all-in-one unit also features a flashlight and emergency blinker, so you can address hazards and drive safely.


While removing snow may make you work up a sweat, it’s still important to dress warmly and keep your body covered, especially parts of the body that are vulnerable to frostbite, such as your fingers, toes and face. Make sure that you are equipped with a warm jacket, thick gloves and socks, and a hat that covers your ears. Dress in layers so that you can take off pieces of clothing as your body warms up.

For additional snow removal products that will help you weather the winter, visit snowjoe.com

Please clear snow and ice from pathways, requests USPS

Old Man Winter is here and he’s bringing snow, ice and slippery roads to every home and business. This is the time of year when USPS employees and citizens in communities throughout the Greater Indiana District experience an increase in accidents related to winter weather conditions. When walking and driving conditions are icy, both drivers and pedestrians are at risk. We need your help to keep our letter carriers and others who visit your home safe from slips, trips or falls.

“Our letter carriers are the best in the business,” said Greater Indiana District Manager Larry Diegel. “While they are accustomed to winter weather, they still need the cooperation of homeowners to help them reduce the risk of accidents.”

Mounds of snow and patches of ice in front of mailboxes create havoc for carriers trying to safely affect mail delivery.  Postal officials emphasize that residents maintaining a clear path to the mailbox — including steps, porches, walkways and approach from the street — will help postal carriers provide timely delivery service especially for packages.

Residents who receive delivery to roadside mailboxes also must keep the approach to, and exit from, the mailbox clear of snow or any other obstacles, like trash cans and other vehicles.  The carrier needs to get in, and then out, without leaving the vehicle or backing up.

The area near the mailbox should be cleared in a half-moon shape to give the carrier full visibility.

Customers with questions or comments about their mail service can call toll-free 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or, visit  www.usps.com and click on Customer Service.


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