Clearfield County Emergency Management

2017 Statistics
FD EMS PD
Jan 216 1446 2163
Feb 229 1232 2070
Mar 471 1,501 2,253
Apr 405 1,307 2,428
May 583 1,565 2,645
Jun 257 1,365 2,367
Jul 319 1,387 2,830
Aug 259 1,254 2,709
Sep 275 1,297 2,490
Oct 0 0 0
Nov 0 0 0
Dec 0 0 0

2016 Statistics
FD EMS PD
Jan 114 1203 2159
Feb 99 1135 2146
Mar 107 1155 2321
Apr 183 1144 2492
May 150 1251 2467
Jun 336 1167 2651
Jul 204 1190 2605
Aug 234 1293 2679
Sep 196 1246 2378
Oct 228 1238 2317
Nov 155 1244 1936
Dec 171 1389 2193
Total 2177 14655 28344

2015 Statstics
FD EMS PD
Jan 139 1247 2179
Feb 111 1151 1873
Mar 121 1339 2226
Apr 137 1093 2148
May 205 1097 2339
Jun 265 1239 2490
Jul 169 1259 2648
Aug 147 1225 2583
Sep 161 1234 2534
Oct 185 1244 2243
Nov 137 1102 1969
Dec 100 1186 2135
Total 1877 14416 27367

2014 Statistics
FIRE EMS POL
Jan 146 1130 1887
Feb 120 1087 1795
Mar 142 1104 2067
Apr 173 1024 2070
May 162 1149 2140
Jun 173 1090 2278
Jul 154 1257 2503
Aug 143 1204 2483
Sep 105 1160 2135
Oct 151 1213 2102
Nov 117 1205 2301
Dec 0 0 0
Total 1586 12623 23761

Past Statistics
FIRE EMS POL
2013 1935 12813 25933
2012 2022 12357 29861

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By Member Jeremy Ruffner
November 14, 2017

Winter Maintenance Check!

“Many drivers overlook auto care this time of year, even with inclement weather in the forecast,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Driving in snow, especially in heavy snowfall or a blizzard, takes patience and preparation. A vehicle that is properly prepared for the elements can help you avoid an unplanned road emergency when the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse.”

To ensure that your vehicle is ready for winter driving, the Car Care Council recommends that motorists perform a winter maintenance check of areas that have direct impact on winter driving.

Battery – Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it’s wise to check the battery and charging system for optimum performance. Because batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.

Antifreeze – Antifreeze (coolant) should be flushed and refilled at least every two years in most vehicles. As a reminder, do not add 100 percent antifreeze as full-strength antifreeze actually has a lower freeze point than when mixed with water.

Brakes – Have the brake system checked. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.

Tires – Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure, including the spare. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.

Oil – Be diligent about changing the oil at recommended intervals and check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time. Consider changing to low-viscosity oil in winter, as it will flow more easily between moving parts when cold. In sub-zero driving temperatures, drop oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30 as thickened oil can make it hard to start the car.

Lights & Wipers – Make sure all exterior and interior lights are working so you can see and be seen. Check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir and replace wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield.

In addition, the council recommends a thorough vehicle inspection by a trusted professional service technician as winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling. Drivers should keep their vehicle’s gas tank at least half-full to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication.

 

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