Winter Safety Information

Preparing for Winter Weather
If you haven't already, take steps now to get your homes and families ready, and be sure to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and young children - those who can be most vulnerable during emergencies. Tune in your radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and further emergency information. Visit:


for tips on how to prepare for snowstorms, dangerous driving conditions and other types of winter emergencies. In the event of an emergency please call 911. The Police Non-Emergency phone number is (630) 719-4740. Power outages should be directed to ComEd at 1.800.EDISON1 (1.800.334.7661).

ComEd offers the following no/low cost tips to help you prepare your homes for winter weather, manage your energy usage and reduce electricity costs.

  • Set your thermostat up to 10 degrees lower when you leave your home and before going to sleep. You could save up to 15 percent a year on heating and cooling costs.
  • Check your HVAC filter every month and change if dirty. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm thus wasting energy.
  • Replace incandescent holiday lights with LEDs. LEDs typically consume about 75% less energy and can last up to 10 times longer.
  • Inspect the caulking and weather-stripping around all windows, doors and openings for utility services, replacing as necessary.

How to Avoid or Fix Frozen Pipes
As a homeowner you can take steps to lower the possibility of pipes freezing, including:

  • Run a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe. Use a container to capture the water, and use it to water indoor plants and more.
  • Opening cabinet doors will expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing.
  • Repair broken windows, insulate walls, close off crawl spaces and eliminate drafts near doors to keep temperatures up near pipes.
  • Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric might also work. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly and let any snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation so do not disturb it.
If your pipes do freeze:

  • Shut off the water immediately. Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.
  • Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended, and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.
  • Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.

Warming Shelters
Those needing refuge from cold temperatures can visit Village Hall (5 Plaza Drive) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or the Woodridge Public Library from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (3 Plaza Drive) Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. In addition, a comprehensive list of warming centers, along with other winter weather information, in DuPage County can be found here.

Roadway Snow Removal Information & Reminders
The Village’s snow plan is designed with residents in mind, with a focus on making roads available for safe travel during and after a snowfall. To better understand the plan, consider the following: 

  • Snow is plowed from the center of a roadway towards the parkway. Unfortunately, the ends of homeowner’s driveways are also in this location. Trying to direct the plow away from each driveway as the plow passes is not manageable – there are well over 10,000 driveways in the Village – and it would result in snow left in the street.
  • On each street, multiple passes of the snow plow are needed in each direction just to clear snow from the center of the roadway to the edge. Passes near the edge of the road will result in snow coming off of the plow blade and unavoidably being deposited on parkways and driveways.
  • Remember that on-street parking is prohibited any time after 2” of snowfall and between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. everyday. Observing these restrictions is important to give snow plows the room they need to maneuver.
  • Remove empty refuse containers from the curb as soon as possible in order to avoid contact with the snowplows.
 
Ice Removal / Treatment
While the most common technique to remove ice is with road salt, the Village of Woodridge supplements its road salting operations by utilizing snow and ice control equipment. Referred to as a brining system, this anti-icing equipment allows for the application of liquid salt brine onto roads prior to a snow event. This helps prevent a bond from forming between the snow and/or ice and the roadway, resulting in a situation where the snow and ice either melts, or is easier to plow away. A benefit of utilizing this system is a reduction of salt material and labor costs.

Smaller winter storms are ideal for the use of brine as it can be applied in advance of the storm based on weather forecasts. The brine can melt the smaller amount of snow resulting from these storms without requiring any supplementary salting or plowing. 

Anti-icing techniques like salt brine are a more targeted approach to snow and ice control which results in using less salt than traditional methods – ultimately reducing snow and ice control costs. It also has a number of additional benefits, including reductions in the amount of damage to trees, grass, and shrubs adjacent to the roads and in the chloride content of run-off that goes into lakes and streams.

Winter Storms / Heavy Snowfall
In snow removal operations, the Village prioritizes plowing in order to allow to accommodate the highest volume of traffic first, and then by targeting less traveled, mainly residential streets. It is the priority of the Village to assist in the snow removal of all major streets, residential streets, and courts; however, when major snow events occur, the Village does have a priority system in place. 

Please note: During heavy snow events, Public Works crews will be working around the clock to keep the roads safe.

During winter storms, if you absolutely must travel during this storm, please make sure you have a winter storm survival kit with you. However, if you can avoid driving during and shortly after the storm, this will help crews complete their work.

Mailboxes
Occasionally, during the course of snow plowing, a mailbox may be unavoidably damaged. Should this occur, please contact the Public Works Department at 630-719-4753 to report the damage. A temporary mailbox will be provided if one is needed to prevent an interruption in your mail delivery. When the weather permits, permanent repairs will be made to your mailbox and/or post.
 
Parking
Parking is not allowed on any street on which there is an accumulation of snow two inches or greater in depth or which is being cleared or plowed.