Randolph Police Department Shares Safety Tips Ahead of Weekend’s Major Winter Storm

Parking Ban in Effect 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Monday

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag and the Randolph Police Department would like to share the following Parking Ban information and safety precautions ahead of this weekend’s major winter storm.

A Parking Ban has been issued for the Town of Randolph. Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 until 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, there will be no parking allowed on any public way, sidewalk or town property adjacent to a public way or sidewalk. Any vehicle in violation of the Parking Ban will be subject to a ticket and will be towed for interfering with snow removal.

Residents should plan to stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible, for much of the weekend. Travel will likely be hazardous and plow and sand/salt trucks will need time and space to operate.

At this time, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Warning for much of eastern Massachusetts beginning at midnight, Saturday, Jan. 29. The NWS issues Blizzard Warnings for expected frequent wind gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph accompanied by falling and/or blowing snow, which frequently reduces visibility to less than 1/4 mile for three hours or more. The warning indicates that whiteout conditions are possible and people should not travel.

The most recent forecast indicates that snow accumulations of 15 to 19 inches are possible, with wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour. Travel conditions are expected to be extremely difficult to impossible. Considerable blowing and drifting snow along with near whiteout conditions are possible at times, and strong winds could cause tree and property damage or power outages in some areas.

Residents are reminded that the forecast can change quickly and at any point and are urged to closely monitor the local forecast throughout the weekend.

Considerations Ahead of a Winter Storm

  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency and to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
  • Keep handy a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, water-resistant boots, and extra blankets and warm clothing for each member of the household.
  • Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it nearby.
  • Prepare for possible power outages
  • Be sure you have ample heating fuel. If you have alternative heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood- or coal-burning stoves, or space heaters, be sure they are clean and in working order. Review generator safety and never run a generator in an enclosed space.
  • Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working correctly and that the outside vent is clear of leaves and debris. During or after the storm, make sure it is cleared of snow.

Precautions for During a Winter Storm

  • Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. If you feel too warm, remove layers to avoid sweating; if you feel chilled, add layers.
  • Bring your companion animals inside before the storm begins. Move other animals to sheltered areas with a supply of non-frozen water. 
  • Check on relatives, neighbors, and friends, particularly if they are elderly or if they live alone.
  • If you must drive during winter weather conditions, make sure all fluid levels are full and ensure that the lights, heater and windshield wipers are in proper working condition. 
  • Don’t leave the house without the following: A fully charged cellphone, car charger and an emergency supplies kit in your car. Ensure your kit includes additional layers of clothing and non-perishable food.
  • If your car gets stuck during a storm, stay in the vehicle. If you leave your vehicle, you will become disoriented quickly in wind-driven snow and cold.

Precautions for After a Winter Storm

  • Stay informed by receiving alerts, warnings and public safety information and pay attention to the information provided by local authorities. Residents can also listen to local area radio, NOAA Radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  • Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.
    • Remain cautious even once conditions have improved. Even if roadways have been cleared of snow following a storm, any water left on the roadways may freeze, resulting in a clear sheet of ice, also known as black ice. Black ice is patchy ice on roadways that cannot easily be seen.
  • Assist firefighters by clearing snow away from fire hydrants during and after the storm. Snow should be cleared 3-5 feet all around the hydrant so firefighters have enough room to connect a hose.

For additional winter storm safety information, visit NWS or the Red Cross. For any other questions on cold weather safety please visit weather.gov.

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Randolph Police Department Reminds Residents that Fireworks are Illegal Statewide

RANDOLPH — With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, Chief Anthony Marag and the Randolph Police Department wish to remind residents that the recreational use of fireworks in Massachusetts is illegal.

According to the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, fires started by fireworks increased by 180% in 2020 and complaints to local police departments increased significantly as well. This year, state and local law enforcement agencies will be ramping up their efforts to stop illegal firework use and sales in Massachusetts.

The possession, use and sale of fireworks without a professional license is against the law in Massachusetts, and punishable by confiscation, fine or imprisonment. Fines range from $100 to $1,000, and some violations could carry a one-year prison sentence.

In order to cut down on residents purchasing fireworks in other states and transporting them back to Massachusetts, members of the State Police will begin targeted patrols along state lines to enforce fireworks laws.

According to the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, between 2011 and 2020, there were over 900 reported major fires and explosions involving illegal fireworks. During that time span, 32 people were treated at Massachusetts emergency rooms for severe burns or other injuries from fireworks.

Residents are encouraged to report any misuse of fireworks they notice in their community to the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212. In case of a firework-related or other emergency, always dial 911.

Additionally, the Randolph Police Department reminds residents to be aware of these key safety tips during Fourth of July celebrations:

  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Be mindful of pedestrians
  • Attend organized and permitted fireworks displays only
  • Remember: alcohol/drugs and fireworks do not mix
  • Keep pets indoors

The Randolph Police Department also urges residents to observe the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on getting home safely following Fourth of July celebrations:

  • Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, do not plan on driving
  • Designate a sober driver or use public transportation or a ride-share service to get home safely
  • Take keys away from individuals who are under the influence and are planning to drive. Alcohol and drugs can impair perception, judgment, motor skills and memory, which are critical for safe and responsible driving
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 911

For more information on fireworks, click here. For more on general summer safety tips, click here.

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Randolph Police Department Shares Ice Dam and Snow Removal Safety Tips for Residents

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Department Shares Ice Dam and Snow Removal Safety Tips for Residents

RANDOLPH — After last week’s heavy snowfall and with warmer temperatures expected over the next several days, Chief William Pace would like to advise Randolph residents on how they can safely handle snow removal from roofs and avoid damage from ice dams.

With some areas experiencing over a foot of snow, it is important for property owners, managers and tenants to have snow and ice cleared from their roofs before any future rain or snowfall.

While removing snow, residents should be cognizant of the dangers that come with heavy snow loads and the importance of recognizing signs of structural weakness. Flat and low pitched roofs are at the highest risk of buckling under heavy snow and ice accumulations, however many risks posed by heavy snowfall on roofs can be avoided by safely removing the snow.

With temperatures expected to reach around 50 degrees by the end of this week, residents should also be wary of snow that has accumulated around gutters, as it could contribute to ice dams and damage from water leaking into walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas.

“With the snow beginning to melt from last week’s blizzard, we want to ensure that residents stay safe and keep their property protected,” Chief Pace said. “The following tips can help people to recognize potential problems with their roofs.”

The following safety tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Department of Fire Services (DFS) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) outline how to safely remove snow from roofs, recognize structural damage and other important safety information.

HOW TO REMOVE SNOW FROM ROOFS

  • Consider hiring snow removal professionals. The combination of height and ice can make removing snow from roofs dangerous. If you decide to perform the task yourself, make sure you have someone with you to assist.
  • Use a snow rake to remove snow from pitched roofs and start from the edge.
  • Try to shave the snow down 2 or 3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean which could damage shingles or other roof covering.
  • Keep all ladders, roof rakes and shovels away from utility wires.
  • Plastic shovels are usually the best as metal tools may cause damage to your roof.
  • Shovel snow from flat roofs by throwing the snow over the side and away from the building.
  • Remove large icicles carefully if they’re hanging over doors and walkways. Consider knocking down icicles through windows using a broomstick.
  • Protect gas and electric meters and piping from falling snow, icicles and melting water.
  • Keep gutters and drains clean, free of ice and snow and keep downspouts clean at ground level

DO NOT

  • Do not add your weight or the weight of equipment to the roof.
  • Do not use a ladder, as ice tends to build up on both the rungs of the ladder and the soles of your boots.
  • Do not use blow torches, open-flame, electric heating devices, or heat guns to remove snow and ice.
  • Do not try to remove ice or icicles from utility wires or meters. Call your utility company for assistance.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE PROBLEMS WITH ROOFS

  • Sagging roofs
  • Severe roof leaks
  • Cracked or split wood members
  • Bends or ripples in supports
  • Cracks in walls or masonry
  • Sheared off screws from steel frames
  • Sprinkler heads that have dropped down below ceiling tiles
  • Doors that pop open
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
  • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
  • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds

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