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Extreme Cold - General Tips

With extreme temperatures expected to last for the next few days in our region, we wanted to share some winter safety tips.

  • Stay indoors as much as possible during the worst part of the extreme cold.
  • Keep pets inside.
  • Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle if you must travel.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves for potential pipe bursts.
  • Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer.
  • Make sure emergency generators or secondary heating systems are well-ventilated.
  • Follow recommended safety precautions when using space heaters, a fireplace, or a woodstove to heat your home. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, and those who may need extra help.

For more severe weather management information, visit the Government of British Columbia’s website at: http://ow.ly/LEM950M8Vp2

Extreme Cold - Travel Tips

One of the year's busiest travel times is here, along with freezing cold temperatures and hazardous driving conditions. If you need to hit the road this holiday season, make sure your vehicle is prepared, inside and out. Ensure that your car is well-maintained, fluids are topped up, wiper blades are in good condition, all snow and ice are cleared from it, and your winter tires have sufficient tread left on them.

Additional items to bring include:

  • Emergency kit: containing water, non-perishable food, and first aid supplies
  • Windshield scraper and snow brush
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Spare tire, wheel wrench and jack
  • Shovel and traction mat, sand or kitty litter
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Extra clothing and footwear
  • Flares and matches or lighter
  • Fuel line antifreeze
  • Tire chains and gloves
  • Full tank of gas
  • Fully charged cell phone and charger

Take care while travelling this holiday season. For more winter driving safety tips, click here: http://ow.ly/pkvE50M9FWK

Last edited: Thu, December 22, 2022 - 11:04:33