Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Prepare Your Family for the Winter Season!


Greater Vancouver is known for is unpredictable weather, but this year we have been hearing many predictions that it may be one of our coldest winters in 20 years [1]. Winter is one of the favourite seasons for kids – playing around in the snow and enjoying all the holiday festivities! However, for parents it may be quite the challenge without key preparations.

Stay Warm:
Playing in around in the snow and going out into the cold weather means dressing up your children appropriately. This will keep them warm and they will be less likely to get sick. Here is a video for some tips on clothing layering essentials:


It is also important to prepare your home and vehicles for possible winter storms. Planning ahead will allow you to comfortable and safely carry on during the winter season. Here are some tips to help get winter-ready and fun safe! [2]

Home:

  • Shovel the snow on your driveway and sidewalk for fellow neighbours to walk safely
  • Keep children safe; don’t let them play in roadside snow piles
  • Have your furnace inspected
  • Shut off outside water before snow arrives
  • Assess the trees on your property and trim dead branches to reduce the danger of them falling on power lines or your house during a storm
  • Have a flashlight, electric lantern, and extra batteries in the house
  • Consider an alternative safe heating system

Vehicles:

Colder temperatures demand a lot of your vehicle and it is important to get you and your family around safely. Visit a qualified technician to ensure your vehicle is in good working condition, and when it snows – drive when necessary and only with good winter tires. Here are some items to keep in you car in the case of an emergency:

  • Jumper cables
  • Shovel
  • Traction pads or chains
  • Ice scraper
  • Flare
  • Blanket, warm gloves and boots
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Cell phone
For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit these websites:

I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday!

Cheers,
Krystal :)

References:
[1] The Vancouver Sun (2011). BC winter forecast to be coldest on record. Retrieved from http://www.vancouversun.com/winter+forecast+coldest+record/5530689/story.html

[2] Port Coquitlam (2010). Prepare for winter. Retrieved from http://www.portcoquitlam.ca/City_Hall/City_Departments/Fire___Emergency_Services/Emergency_Preparedness/Prepare_For_Winter.htm

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