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Medic offers winter weather safety tips

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

With winter weather in the forecast for this evening, Medic is reminding everyone to stay safe and use caution while venturing out on area roadways and sidewalks.    

Any precipitation that falls overnight will freeze, causing hazardous driving conditions. 

If you don't have to drive, don't - stay at home and off the roads.           

However, if you must drive, Medic advises using extreme caution by:  

  • Increasing your following distance and,
  • Decreasing your speed

Fall Injuries - Area Sidewalks, Driveways, Etc.

During winter weather episodes, Medic historically sees an increase in fall related injuries rather than an increase in motor vehicle accidents.  Medic is advising the community to use caution when walking, especially in areas where water can freeze – sidewalks, driveways

Medic Preparedness

Medic has increased the number of crews in the field to meet the demand this winter storm may bring. 

In addition, all Medic ambulances are equipped with an automated chain system.  If needed, employees can deploy these chains to help guide the ambulance through the elements.

Move Over for Emergency Vehicles

Finally, Medic would like to remind the community about the Move Over Law.  Medic units, as well as other public safety partners, will be responding to emergencies along area roadways. 

If safe to do so, please Slow Down and Move Over to the left, to protect emergency responders who are assisting patients.  

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