Teton County reminds to clear exits

As the weather has been warming, deposits of snow on rooftops are avalanching to the ground surrounding homes and businesses. Without proper attention, Teton County Fire Marshal Kathy Clay points out that those deposits of debris in front of doors can impede critical egress from the building in the event of an emergency.

“You should always have two ways out of your home if there’s an emergency…any kind of emergency, whether it’s a fire or another kind of an emergency. So, maintain your two ways out, and that may mean some shoveling in an area that is easier to overlook than not.”

However, she adds that some doors out of businesses are often overlooked for assuring they are passable.

“Those doors that are marked as exits need to be functional. So, make sure that you have your exit doors so that they will open and that there isn’t snow obstructing on the other side.”

Clay also urges people to check their gas meters possibly hit by the roof-slides to be assure the connections have not been compromised leading to gas leaks into the building.

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