TOLEDO (WTOL) - The city of Toledo has begun preparations for this weekend’s winter storm.

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz says city crews have applied brine to main roads and hauled salt to both city salt barns, and will work in 12-hour shifts during the storm until the roads have been cleared.

Along with city crews, Mayor Kapszukiewicz says more city employees and private contractors could be called in to help clear downtown and residential streets.

“Residents are asked to assist keeping roads passable by moving parked vehicles from streets where possible and planning ahead. Keeping streets clear of parked vehicles is a tremendous help in the snow removal process,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said.

Residents and business owners are also reminded that they are responsible for keeping sidewalks safe for pedestrians to walk on. Snow removal companies and property owners are prohibited from putting snow on their property onto public roadways.

If a snow emergency is declared, a parking ban may be implemented on streets on the Toledo Area Transit Authority bus routes/snow emergency routes.

READ MORE: Snow and Ice Control Information

Reminder, if a Level Three Snow Emergency is ever declared before 8 a.m., the Public Utilities Customer Call Center will be closed.

READ MORE: Snow Emergency Levels

If you need assistance, especially with water-related emergencies, the Engage Toledo Call Center will be open 24 hours a day. They can be contacted at 419-936-2020.

Mayor Kapszukiewicz also encourages Toledoans to sign up for Toledo Alerts to receive city of Toledo and Lucas County emergency alerts. In the event of a snow emergency, an alert may be sent to the phone number and email address you provide.

Residents are also reminded it is especially important to make sure homes are heated safely this time of year. The National Fire Prevention Association says half of home heating fires occur during the months of December, January and February.

Reduce the risk of winter fire hazards using these tips:

  • Never use an oven to heat your home
  • Turn off portable heaters before leaving the room or going to sleep
  • Plug space heaters directly into an electrical outlet, do not use an extension cord or power strip. 
  • Plug only one space heater into an electrical outlet at one time. 
  • Use manufacturer-specified fuel for fuel-burning space heaters.
  • Use space heaters with an automatic shut-off feature.
  • Keep children at least three feet away from portable space heaters.