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Be Prepared, Plan for Emergencies

Winter Storms & Freezing Rain

Winter storms and freezing rain can present a number of risks, you can take action to prevent and protect yourself.

Before Winter

  • Buy traction aids for your shoes that will limit slips and falls from ice.
  • Ensure you have a shovel accessible to clear away snow. A push-style shovel will allow to move snow rather than lift it.
  • Have your chimney cleaned to remove creosote buildup. Creosote is a highly flammable substance that is a byproduct of incomplete combustion.  It is the leading cause of chimney fires.
  • Have an emergency kit for your car and home.  It should include drinking water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, a blanket and first aid items. Click HERE for  what other items to include in a home kit and HERE to learn more about vehicle kits. Download of 72 Hour Emergency Kit Checklist; ENGLISH or FRANCAIS
  • Get your vehicle ready for winter and, most importantly, make sure you get your winter tires put on before the first snow.

When a Winter Storm or Freezing Rain Is Forecast

  • Monitor your favourite source for local weather information, stay up to date as the storm approaches.
  • Plan your outings such as going to the grocery store ahead of the storm, this will limit any necessary outings during or shortly after the storm or freezing rain.
  • Charge devices such as cell phones.
  • Have back-up lighting in the event of a power outage (flashlights, batteries).
  • Ensure that you have enough prescription medication.
  • Check in with relatives and neighbors who live alone or in geographically remote regions.

During and Shortly after the Storm

  • Use extra caution while walking, using traction aids on boots to prevent slipping on slippery surfaces.
  • Find out about road conditions before driving. Adjust your driving to road conditions, avoid sudden maneuvers and slow down.  Allow more time to get to where you are going.
  • Check in with relatives and neighbors who live alone or in geographically remote regions.
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