Winter weather is here, and Lennox & Addington Emergency Services wants to make sure residents are prepared for the weather.

Heavy snowfall and ice can make the roads treacherous and interrupt the power supply.  Here are a few things you can do to make sure you're ready for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.

 

  • Check local weather forecasts online.
  • Tune to local radio or social media platforms for updates on road conditions, driving information, outage details, etc.
  • Check with local school board for information on cancelled classes and buses.
  • Check with your local municipality (Addington Highlands, Greater Napanee, Loyalist, Stone Mills) for information on snow removal services.
  • Make sure you have your Emergency Survival Kit ready.

 

Winter Weather Safety Tips 

  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Wear layers of lightweight clothing, mittens and a hat (preferably one that covers your ears).
  • Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to keep from slipping on ice and snow.
  • Regularly check for frostbite — numbness or white areas on your face and body (ears, nose, cheeks, hands and feet in particular).
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow by taking frequent breaks.
  • Bring pets inside and move livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

 

Power Outage Safety Tips

If the power goes out, check with your local power provider for information and updates.

  • Turn off appliances and electronics to prevent damage in the event of a power surge when power comes back on.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed.  Some food can keep for 24 to 48 hours.
  • Stay away from and report downed power lines.
  • Avoid water near electrical equipment.
  • Don't use outdoor grills or barbecues indoors.

 

For more information visit www.ontario.ca/page/winter-storms.