Old Man Winter appears to be at his cranky and cantankerous best. Even before mid-November, he creeped out onto to his porch to figuratively yell at the kids to get off his lawn by making early appearances across Michigan and signaling for a cold and frigid coming season. As we close in on the colder months, Meridian Township has some tips for staying safe and making this pure Michigan winter trouble-free:


Driving and Car Safety

  • Accelerate slowly for the best method for regaining traction and avoiding  kids.
  • Give yourself time to brake. The dry pavement following distance is three to four seconds and should be increased to eight to 10 seconds to provide a safer distance during inclement weather.
  • Adjust driving speed according to the weather and road conditions.
  • Leave additional space when driving between vehicles.
  • Check the batteries and fluids of your car regularly.
  • Wash your vehicle regularly. Road salt can damage your vehicle’s body and undercarriage.



  • Keep the temperatures in your home above 68 degrees to prevent bursting pipes.
  • Don’t block home heating vents with furniture.
  • During the colder temperatures, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Prepare the outside of your home by cleaning out gutters, disconnecting and draining hoses, and shutting off outside water valves.


Snow Removal

  • Property owners are responsible for snow removal on 5-foot-wide sidewalks adjoining to the property.
  • Clean away snow from furnace vents, be careful to not damage vent pipes with snow blowers or shovels.
  • Clear snow off all meters.
  • Remove snow and ice off fire hydrants and clear snow within a 3-foot perimeter.
  • Dress in layers to prevent overheating while shoveling.


Stay safe this winter! For more tips, visit the Meridian Township website at


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