Some people are having fun with the approaching storm, surely. Ski areas, snowmobilers and kids with sleds are all pumped and ready. And while weather officials don't like to dampen those spirits, they do warn that a big snow storm does present dangers.
Police advise that driving conditions will be sloppy so please slow down, if you have to be on the roads. They'd prefer that you just stay home.
Fire officials were reminding people to shovel out their escape routes along with the driveways and walks. And maybe you could help out in other ways.
"It's important that you shovel all of your exits," said Lewiston Fire Inspector Paul Ouellette. "Shovel a path from your exits to an open area. Assist your city and yourself by shoveling out your near fire hydrant – in the event of an emergency we can easily find it and get access to it. They will not get shoveled out immediately by the city and time is against you if you we can not get to it.
"Make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are operating properly," Ouellette added. "Check your batteries. Be careful using candles; make sure they are on a sturdy non-combustible base and protect the flame from any nearby combustible materials."
CMP, too, had a number of safety tips to keep in mind while Nemo is tearing through. Among them:
* Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
* When you use an emergency heating source, like a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater, keep fuels away from the flames and be sure to ventilate properly.
* Never use grills or camp stoves indoors — they can give off dangerous gases.
* Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator’s owner manual.
* Don’t run a generator indoors, even in an open garage.
* Hire a licensed electrician to install permanent generators and transfer switches.
* Make sure portable generators are properly grounded.
* Don’t store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running.
* Refer to CMP’s web page on generator safety: http://www.cmpco.com/UsageAndSafety/electricalsafety/GeneratorSafety/def...
The company also urges customers to use caution if they see downed lines.
CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews. The working conditions are difficult, and the workers appreciate everyone’s consideration for their safety.