Drivers urged to use caution near snow piles

Several snowfalls in a row is causing a space issue for those dealing with giant piles of snow.

It’s a visual hazard as drivers pull out of parking spaces and driveways between snow piles.

Cleveland, Ohio Fire Department spokesperson Larry Gray suggests motorists tap car horns or flash headlights as they pull out.

"It's best to knock those snow piles at the bottom of your driveway down to below the height of car windows for everyone's safety," Gray said.

This winter, according to reports, a 10-year-old boy died in New York and a 9-year-old girl died in Canada after suffocating when they were playing in snow forts that collapsed.

Gray advises children not to play alone outside and not play on large snow piles, because the snow mounds in yards and shopping plazas can collapse and trap someone without air. Motorists are urged to use extra caution because more people are walking in the street to avoid snow-clogged sidewalks.

Gray also asked anyone who can to please clear snow away from fire hydrants in your neighborhood.

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