Town of Brookfield
Public Safety Advisory Committee
DECEMBER 2021 PUBLIC SAFETY TIPS
These tips are intended for residents, visitors and property owners of Brookfield, VT but may apply to neighboring towns as well.
December is upon us. Now is the time to start thinking of a safe Christmas and Winter.
- Start off by not plugging too many lights and decorations into outlets.
- Keep your fresh Christmas tree watered, they can dry out faster than you think.
- A nice warm fireplace or wood stove can be rewarding. Just make sure and have that chimney cleaned and checked. Also never leave candles unattended, even if they do make your home smell nice, an UNWANTED FIRE is not so nice!
- Many families are going to spend the holidays together. Remember, for those who are not vaccinated, wear your masks, stay a safe distance and wash your hands frequently. You are not just protecting yourself, but love ones and friends as well!
PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY
Please remember that while the roads are meant to be used by all (vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, etc.) there is a shared responsibility by everyone who uses them. For all who use the roads, it is your duty to obey the law.
Walkers and runners – wear reflective clothing and stay single file. Just because you can see cars does not mean they can see you! Don’t wear dark clothing on a gray day! While listening to music using earbuds makes for an enjoyable walk or run, doing so makes it that much harder to hear oncoming traffic. Please think twice about using earbuds. Also, don’t forget to walk facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
Bicycles – keep to the right and stay single file. ‘Share the road’ goes both ways! Use strobe lights and reflectors so others can see you, Bicycles share many of the same traffic laws as vehicles; for example, bicycles must come to a complete stop at all stop signs and traffic lights.
Vehicles – please put your phones down! Waiting to read or reply to that text makes it much safer for us all. Only pass stopped vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians when it is safe to do so. Keep in your lane, do not cross over into oncoming traffic. Remember to turn on your lights at dusk so others can see you.
For a brochure outlining the rules for drivers, bicycle riders, and pedestrians, please visit: https://www.localmotion.org/rules_of_the_road
Remember that driving is a privilege, not a right. Please use common sense when using public highways. Be it walking, bicycling, or driving, safety is not about who is right or wrong. Let’s work together to make our roads safer for all!
Have a Great Holiday!!!
Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee: Mike Stoddard, Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson, Dan Mason, and Lew Stowell.
Respect COVID 19 Vermont Guidelines
As our state continues to confront this once-in-a-century challenge, sometimes it’s the little things – those simple, random, everyday acts of kindness and goodwill – that can make all the difference. – Governor Phil Scott
BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee: Dan Mason, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.
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Emergency and Other Important Numbers
TOWN CLERK 276-3352
TOWN CONSTABLE (for animal control) Dan Mason
TOWN GARAGE 276-3090
State Police Dispatch 234-9933
White River Valley Ambulance 802-234-6800
Northfield Ambulance 485-8550
Orange County Sheriff 685-4875
Vermont State Police 234-9933
Williamstown Rescue Unit 476-4111
Brookfield Elementary School 276-3153
Randolph Union High School 728-3397
Randolph Technical Career Center 728-9595