Maryland Blogger: Hidden danger when digging out your car

Hidden danger when digging out your car

Hidden danger when digging out your car

 

There are still many snow covered vehicles after the recent blizzard. The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in Montgomery County, Maryland issued the follow alert for area residents.

Prior to starting your vehicle, first make sure that the exhaust pipe is not covered or encased with snow, even if the vehicle is unoccupied and you are just warming it up.

Remember, the snow piled around your car can trap carbon monoxide coming from the exhaust. It can quickly incapacitate you before you realize what's happening. When the tailpipe is blocked, extremely dangerous and potentially deadly carbon monoxide fumes will be forced back into the passenger compartment and could overcome a person in a matter of seconds. 

The very first action you should taking when digging out a vehicle is to clear away the snow from the tailpipe a distance of at least 3 feet and keep checking that it remains clear which you shovel out your car. Never let children sit in an idling car while shoveling. Clear snow from the exhaust pipe and leave the engine off until the car is ready to roll. 

Reminder: Never warm up your car in the garage!

 

Meadow Garden, Longwood Gardens, Photograph by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 16 commentsRoy Kelley • January 25 2016 11:58AM

Comments

Please take great care if you have not cleared the snow from your vehicle after the recent blizzard. There are several snow encased vehicles on our block.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 3 years ago

Aloha Roy, one thing I could never get used to when living on the Continent was the cold and digging vehicles out of the snow.

Is your posted picture Queen Ann's Lace? Typically, it has a tiny rose like florette in the center so I'm not sure.

Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) over 3 years ago

Great message to get out to folks, Roy. I hope you and Dolores coped well during the blizzard.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

I know this, but yet I forgot this, too. This is a great reminder for people, Roy. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 3 years ago

I will try to remenber this.  We haven't had enough snow here to worry about this, but it is good to know just in case.

Posted by Linda Guess, Branson area real estate sales. (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO) over 3 years ago

Those are important safety tips for digging out of cars, Roy!  I was just watching the NBC evening news.  They reported that cars buried in snow parked on streets in one area of the East Coast, are being ticketed.  Even though the city's staff haven't cleared the streets so citizens can actually move their cars.  What a travesty!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

Oh the horrors of living with all that white stuff! No thank you.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 3 years ago

Roy Kelley - having grown up in Chicago, I knew about warming up the car, but never heard or thought about the exhaust pipe. That sounds deadly! 

I really wasn't a driver back then because I relied on public transportation. But this warning is important to know. I was recently in Chicago for a family funeral and drove a car rental. Even driving your car in snow and ice takes a special skill. 

Digging out your car is brutal on the bones. I remember that well. It was a family affair and everyone had to pitch in, including neighbors helping neighbors. But it's not for the weak of heart, seniors, or pregnant women.

Be safe Roy!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 3 years ago

Thank you very much for your feedback. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 3 years ago

Roy Kelley - The death of the mother and child dying within 20 minutes while waiting for snow to clear is heartbreaking. I could just put myself in that woman's shoes, sitting inside the car watching her husband shoveling the snow, hoping and breaking he doesn't die of a heartattack, and then the tragedy falls upon her and her child.

Clearing, you have a lot of material to blog about to provide serious information to people who live in your type of weather conditions. Providing public safety is valuable and can safe a life. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 3 years ago

Good Monday morning to all. I hope your weekend was outstanding. Have a very productive February!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 3 years ago

We have a chilly and rainy Saturday in Maryland. Enjoy the weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 3 years ago

We have a rainy afternoon in Maryland and expect heavy rain tonight and on Thursday. Flash flood warnings are posted. Take great care if you must be out and about.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 3 years ago

Good Thursday morning to all. We have another beautiful day in Maryland and life is good.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

We have another beautiful day in Kentlands. Have an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

I have made it a habit to post a reblog every day. Scheduling them in advance make this an easier task.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

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