City of Carrollton Prepares for Potential Winter Weather
The City of Carrollton is preparing for potential winter weather overnight into tomorrow morning. The ground temperature is expected to stay above freezing; however, the City’s Public Works department will have sand spreaders staged and ready for deployment if icy spots develop.
In case of freezing temperatures, the City reminds residents of the following tips:
Winter Driver Safety
Reminder: During snow and ice storms, keep at least 200 feet behind the sanding and de-icing trucks as they are applying the materials to the roads. They may adjust their speeds as necessary, and your cooperation will protect your vehicle and avoid mishaps. Click on the images for safe winter driving tips from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Don't Forget to Protect Your Pet
When temperatures drop, don't forget to bring pets indoors. Take pets outside only for short periods of time or quick walk as the cold ground can cause frostbite on their paws and wind chill can be damaging to their health. For more winter pet safety tips, click here.
Turn Off Your Sprinkler System
When temperatures are near freezing, businesses and residents need to pay close attention to their irrigation systems. On very cold days, the City of Carrollton receives numerous requests to sand roadways and sidewalks that are frozen and slippery due to irrigation overspray. This creates a safety hazard for pedestrians and drivers, and you can be held accountable if your system caused the problem. The City’s Water Quality Team issues warnings and/or notices of violation, as well as citations to property owners who allow their irrigation systems to run during a freeze event. This is a critical step in protecting our community members and minimizing City expenditures for ice control. To report a running sprinkler system during temperatures 32 degrees or below, call 972-466-3425.
One way to be sure that your irrigation system is not contributing to the icy conditions is to install a rain and freeze sensor. Not only will these sensors save you money by automatically turning off your system during rain and freeze events, they will also help eliminate potentially hazardous situations such as icy sidewalks and roadways. Residents and businesses of Carrollton can take advantage of the City’s free rain and freeze sensor program. Another simple alternative is to turn your irrigation system off until temperatures rise again. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/sprinklersensor