Here are some tips to keep warm and safe all season long:
- Cover your head by wearing a hat and wear layers of tightly woven fabrics such as wool or synthetics.
- Cover up exposed areas such as your fingers, cheeks, ears, and nose.
- If your clothes get wet when you are in the cold, change into dry clothes as soon as possible.
- Drink plenty of warm fluids to help your body stay warm, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Be on the look-out for cold-related emergencies such as frostbite and hypothermia and know what to do if they happen.
Also, make sure you prepare your vehicle for winter weather. Always check local weather conditions before heading out on the road, and create an emergency kit for your vehicle, which includes the following items:
- Ice scraper and brush
- Sand (or cat litter)
- A candle in a deep can and waterproof matches
- Tow chain
- Warning light or flares
- Hat and warm clothes
- Food bars
- Booster cables
- First aid kit
- Road maps
- Fire extinguisher
As we all know, winter weather can turn sharply, with blizzards and ice storms most common in Canada, but we can plan for winter storms. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to know your risks, make a plan and get a kit.
Following a winter storm, continue to take precautions and listen to local authorities for further information and instructions.
- Avoid travelling if possible and listen to local news and weather reports for current road and weather conditions.
- Check on vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours (the elderly, ill, disabled) who may require special assistance.
- If you have to go outside, dress appropriately, and watch for those signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
When you’re prepared, you help ensure you and your family stay safe and warm this winter!