Winter 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.