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Take Charge
of Salt

Winter driving conditions are stressful and can be dangerous, but luckily Wisconsin’s public safety employees work hard to keep motorists safe.

Police, Fire and EMS:
Support Public Works

Motorists look to police, firefighters and emergency services for guidance when it comes to winter weather safety and regulations. There are many ways you can become a smart winter maintainence advocate:

  • Work with your public works department to develop and implement a Winter Response Plan.
  • Avoid insisting on more salt or action by the public works. Instead, report the situation and let maintenance determine the appropriate response.
  • Discourage driving when conditions are poor (social media, press releases, etc.).
  • Discourage driving too fast for conditions and inattentive driving (ticket at accidents).
  • Educate the public about salt and other deicers and the time and amount needed to work effectively.
  • Report slippery conditions. Be sure to remember that salt doesn’t work immediately and works at different speeds at different pavement temperatures.
  • Help keep people off the roadways and allow the public works professionals time and access.
  • Help drivers understand the conditions and plan ahead (social media, announcements, etc.). Encourage them to embrace the winter and plan accordingly for winter weather.
  • Support the public works in their efforts. For example, when someone is driving too quickly for the conditions, ticket them to encourage safe travel.

Public Works:
Be Leaders in Winter Safety

There are various things you as a public work employee can do to ensure the safety of our citizens:

  • Work with other emergency services providers in your municipality to develop and implement a Winter Response Plan.
  • Develop an Incident Command System for winter weather emergencies, and determine who is incident command.
  • Educate all staff. Create weather alerts based on severity, and ensure all staff members know exactly what they’re doing.
  • Develop a system to communicate the incident severity.
  • Leverage the assistance needed from other emergency responders.
  • Get the word out to residents and motorists so they know what to expect.
  • Educate your staff and elected officials about winter policies.
  • Attend statewide pre-storm webinars.
  • Hold after-storm meetings to hear what went well and discuss improvements that could be made.
  • Be careful when storing products. Avoid areas where there are drains or water.