Posted: December 21, 2017
Winter storms kill more Canadians than tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, floods and hurricanes combined.
Heavy snowfall and ice can make the roads treacherous and interrupt the power supply.
You can check local weather and forecasts online.
Interactive maps, road conditions and driving information is available through Traveller Information Services.
Road closure, condition and construction information is available through hands free 511 automated service or on Twitter! Simply dial 511 or follow us @511Ontario!
- 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
If power outage results:
Take the following steps so you and your family are prepared in the event of an emergency:
Winterize your home to retain heat:
- insulate walls and attics;
- caulk or weather-strip doors and windows;
- install storm windows or cover windows with plastic
- Get heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected once a year
- Add extra blankets and warm clothes to your emergency survival kit
For more information:
Marilyn Warren, Communications Coordinator
Tel: (613) 968-6481, ext. 3263
Cell: (613) 922-1244