Winter Safety Tips: Preparing for Blizzards

Winter Safety Tips: Preparing for Blizzards bb3 Nov 5, 2014

By Staff Writer

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Canadians are no strangers to snow, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a blizzard warning seriously. These winter safety tips will help you prepare.

Winter Safety Tips: Preparing for Blizzards

Storm-proof your home. Use the warmer months to:

  • Clean your gutters so snow can melt and move through them properly.
  • Assess the integrity of your roof and make repairs — a deteriorated roof could collapse under several feet of snow.
  • Remove dead trees or limbs that could fall during a blizzard.
  • Hire a professional to inspect your furnace and clean your chimney to make sure you’ll have a safe and reliable heat source.

Organize an emergency kit. During a blizzard, you want to stay inside as much as possible. Prepare for a few days at home with a kit including:

  • Enough water to allow each person two litres per day
  • Non-perishable food and a can opener
  • Hand-crank light
  • A battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • A cell phone and charger (including a portable, battery-operated charger)

Build your emergency kit using this helpful checklist, and keep it in an accessible and easy-to-remember spot.

Prep for a power outage. While you may want to reach for that camp stove or similar device during a blizzard, such appliances give off dangerous carbon monoxide. Make sure the entire family is aware of this danger. Consider getting an emergency generator if blizzards are common in your area — but remember, never run it indoors. Find more tips for handling a power outage here.

Be sure to visit the Learning Centre for more severe-weather safety advice